Full Length Play, Comedy / 2m, 2f
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.
“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."
“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
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 19th Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The drawing room of a cottage in Stratford, among other locations
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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.