I've long wanted an opportunity to get inside the very exclusive Players Club on Gramercy Park. That's the private club founded by Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth's older brother) in order to provide members of the acting community with the same kind of club amenities that "gentlemen's clubs" of the 19th century afforded those in other professions. And here is our opportunity: a staged reading of a George Bernard Shaw play!
Here's an excerpt from their website: "For the past eight years, PROJECT SHAW has been the core series of Gingold Theatrical Group. Coined as "New York's monthly guide to reason," PROJECT SHAW presents monthly Monday night readings of the works of George Bernard Shaw. Each Shaw play is presented in a concert-reading format at New York City's legendary club, The Players on Gramercy Park South."
The play for May 20 is Mrs. Warren's Profession, "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." As you might expect, this play met with a lot of opposition when first staged in London in 1902.
How to find us: We will meet at 6:30pm for the 7pm performance, in the seating area or on line to get into it. I will be holding a hand-printed sign reading MEETUP.
Admission: Admission for Mrs. Warren's Profession is $30 general admission. We do have our own modest $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.
Follow this link to purchase your ticket: http://www.projectshaw.com/index.php?id=158&subid=272
PLEASE make sure that you have already purchased your ticket before rsvping to this event, as only the theater group can guarantee you admission that evening. In fact, put text into your rsvp saying "I've got my ticket" so that this is obvious.
As it's a school night, I probably can't get a bite afterwards, but others may want to go do that.