Gingold Theatrical Group concludes its 12th season of Project Shaw readings December 18 with a staging of the Oscar Wilde comedy A Woman of No Importance.
The 7 PM reading will be held in Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.
Helmed by Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore, the cast features Reed Birney, Cynthia Darlow, Annie Golden, Andrea Lynn Green, Tim Jerome, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Martha Plimpton, Margaret Loesser Robinson, Warren Kelley, and Jennifer Van Dyck.
The play, according to press notes, “explores the shockingly archaic attitudes towards the societal expectations of women in the Victorian Era. The most prominent element of the play’s story revolves around Lord Illingworth, a successful diplomat, who hires Gerald Arbuthnot to be his private secretary, and finds out that he is his illegitimate son! A mysterious past between Mrs. Arbuthnot and Lord Illingworth is revealed requiring everyone to reevaluate the choices they’ve made in life and determine how to face the future.”
“Oscar Wilde wasn’t generally known as a social activist but with this play, amidst the sparkling wit and memorable epigrams, Wilde makes a bold statement about the Society’s inequities between the rights and expectations of men and women. It’s a comedy so, of course, the woman in question gets the last word!” said Artistic Director David Staller in an earlier statement.
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 at (212) 355-7823 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Updated December 18, 2017)