With thoughts of St. Patrick’s Day in the early Spring air, we note the following treat from across the Hudson River in little ol’ Manhattan;
The Irish Repertory Theatre and Gingold Theatrical Group is co-producing George Bernard Shaw’s comedic masterpiece MAN AND SUPERMAN as part of Irish Rep’s acclaimed 24th Season and GTG’s first “Shaw New York” festival.
Previews to begin April 26, 2012 at Irish Repertory Theatre. Opens May 6.
Shaw’s masterpiece, MAN AND SUPERMAN is to be performed at the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre (Irish Repertory Theatre), as part of Irish Rep’s 24th Season and GTG’s first-ever “Shaw New York” festival, with previews to begin April 26, prior to an official press opening May 6. GTG’s artistic director, David Staller, will direct his adaptation of this remarkable comedy, performed with its rarely seen “interior play” DON JUAN IN HELL.
MAN AND SUPERMAN is generally considered to be one of Shaw’s comedic masterpieces. The story involves the simple premise of a man, Jack Tanner, determined not to marry his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is equally determined to land him. Ann chases Jack from London, across the channel, into the mountains of Spain, and even to Hell and back (in the famous dream scene of DON JUAN IN HELL). The play has not been given a production in New York in twenty-five years.
The cast of MAN AND SUPERMAN includes Janie Brookshire, Jon Fletcher, Jonathan Hammond, Laurie Kennedy, Max Gordon Moore, Paul O’Brien, Margaret Robinson, Brian Sgambati, Zachary Spicer, and Tony Award-nominee Brian Murray.
The production features set design by James Noone; lighting design by Kirk Bookman; costume design by Theresa Squire; sound design by M. Florian Staab; and hair and wig design by Robert-Charles Vallance. Production stage manager is Elis C. Arroyo. Assistant stage manager is Arthur Atkinson.
This production of MAN AND SUPERMAN is also part of GTG’s larger vision of this country’s first Shaw festival, to be called “Shaw New York,” running this spring at various venues in Manhattan (to be announced). The festival, which will be an annual event, includes a Shaw Symposium featuring critics, academics and actors discussing the play; as well as concerts featuring music Shaw had championed as “modern music” while he was a music critic (Brahms, Wagner, Bartok, Dvorak, etc); and a reading of one of GTG’s commissioned new plays.
For more information, visit www.projectshaw.com
Performances of MAN AND SUPERMAN run April 26-June 17 at The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues): Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; plus 3pm matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $55 and $65, and are available by calling 212-727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.
For more information, visit www.irishrep.org