Gingold Theatrical Group's 13th season of Project Shaw, the series that offers readings of some of George Bernard Shaw’s greatest works and those of his contemporaries, will conclude December 17 with Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Enchanted Cottage. The reading will be held in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
Pamela Hunt directs a cast that features Clea Alsip (Nantucket Sleigh Ride ), Annie Golden (Assassins, Hair, On the Town, The Full Monty), Michael McCormick (Hello, Dolly!, The Pajama Game), Robert Petkoff (The Hard Problem, All The Way), Thom Sesma (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, upcoming Superhero), and Jennifer van Dyck (Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa).
In The Enchanted Cottage, socialite Oliver Bradshaw returns home from WWI disfigured by war wounds and convinced noone will accept him as he now is. He hides from the world, taking a secluded cottage overseen by a mysterious housekeeper. Laura Pennington, a painfully shy young woman from the village comes to look after Oliver. The two begin developing feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. After they marry, they discover the enchantment of the cottage has the power to transform.
“As a director, I am delighted to helm this remarkable, heartwarming, fantasy play by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. I was drawn to it by remembering the touching movie from 1945. The play proves the famous saying ‘If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person observing gets to decide what is beautiful,’” said Hunt in a statement.
“This time of year has a potent magic all its own. It’s a time of reflection, and hope, and faith. This play winningly reminds us how vitally important it is to believe in the power of love in all its many colors, and of the human need to share it,” added GTG Artistic Director David Staller.
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at SymphonySpace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office (212) 355-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.