Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Project Shaw: Mrs. Warren's Profession
The wonderful Project Shaw which presents monthly readings of George Bernard Shaw's plays has made an excellent case for Shaw's plays relevance to contemporary audiences.
Up next, Project Shaw presents Mrs. Warren's Profession with an excellent cast: Harriet Harris, Richard Easton, Tony Sheldon, Amelia Pedlow, Mr. Lenny Wolpe and Matt Doyle! NY1's Roma Torre will narrate. Project Shaw Artistic Director and Founder, David Staller, directs. Get there early as seating is general admission, and enjoy being in the usually members-only Players Club!
When Shaw completed Mrs. Warren's Profession in 1893, it was censored for eight years. When it was finally produced on the London stage in 1902, the public was outraged by its controversial content. Reviewers overwhelmingly condemned the play as immoral, citing its focus on prostitution and incest. Today, however, the play is applauded for its astute view of the corruption at the heart of Victorian society. The play centers on Mrs. Warren, who, forced by the economic realities of nineteenth century London, becomes a prostitute and later runs several unsuccessful brothels. Through her characterization, Shaw exposes the corruption and hypocrisy of the "genteel" class. He also explores the personal consequences of such a profession as Mrs. Warren struggles to gain the respect and love of her daughter after she discovers the truth about her mother. Modern audiences admire the play's artistry as well as its subject since, as Shaw notes in his "Apology," "Mrs. Warren's defence of herself and indictment of society is the thing that most needs saying."
Project Shaw presents
MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION
written by George Bernard Shaw during 1893 and 1894
directed by David Staller
Monday, May 20th, 2013
The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
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