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Engaging Shaw - Full Length Play, Comedy

Engaging Shaw

John Morogiello

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701498


The hilarious true story of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw’s relationship with wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend. According to her, “no man can resist a woman once she has set her sights upon him, unless thwarted by another woman.” But confirmed bachelor Shaw may prove to be more than she bargained for.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The drawing room of a cottage in Stratford, among other locations

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

He considered himself the superman. She allowed him to believe it. Engaging Shaw is the hilarious true story of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw’s relationship with wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend. According to her, “no man can resist a woman once she has set her sights upon him, unless thwarted by another woman.” But confirmed bachelor Shaw may prove to be more than she bargained for. Can she romance an unromantic man? Can Shaw reconcile his intellectual theories with emotional reality?

Engaging Shaw is a charming romantic comedy featuring four razor-sharp tongues. If there’s a minute of the play that’s less than clever, you’ll be hard pressed to find it.” - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

"Exactly the type of work that nonprofit theaters dedicated to producing new plays and musicals should be doing - arresting, intellectually stimulating." - Stephen Wells, The New York Times

"Engaging Shaw is exactly that...a spirited and intelligent combat of words and sparkling banter." - Variety

“The play is written like one of [Shaw’s], with talk zipping in thrilling, dizzying circles. We know how the story ends before it's begun, but getting there - through spirited debate, heated emotion and the occasional flinty spark of desire - is thought-provoking fun.” - Los Angeles Times

Engaging Shaw was first presented by Langdon Brown at Old Castle Theatre Company, under Artistic Director Eric Peterson, in Bennington, Vermont, on August 20, 2006. It was directed by Mr. Brown. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Abingdon Theatre Company at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in New York City on April 18, 2010. It was directed by Jackob G. Hofmann.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SIDNEY WEBB - 38-40. Energetic, short, working class accent, lisp.
BEATRICE WEBB - 38-40. Sidney’s wife, upper class accent.
BERNARD SHAW - 40-42. An Irish music and drama critic who dabbles in playwriting.
CHARLOTTE PAYNE TOWNSHEND - 40-42. An heiress from Ireland.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
John Morogiello

John Morogiello

John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His romantic comedy Engaging Shaw has been produced at Old Globe Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company, and Vienna's English Theatre in Austria, among other venues. Another comedy, Blame It On Beckett, has been seen in New York and L.A. at Abingdon Theatre Company and Colony Theatre ... view full profile

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