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Tonight I had the fortunate experience of attending “Project Shaw” at The Players Club in NYC. For those of you who do not know, The Players Club was formed in 1888 by Edwin Booth who wanted to have a gathering place for him and his fellow performing colleagues to go to mingle. Started exclusively for men, The Players Club started to allow women in 1989, on Shakespeare’s Birthday. The first woman to join was Helen Hayes.

Rich in history, The Players Club continues to thrive today.  As the building itself is a preservation of history, so is “Project Shaw,” a monthly series dedicated to the readings of George Bernard Shaw’s plays, bringing in some of the finest performers we have today. With only scripts in hand, these performers continue to bring Shaw’s plays to life, entertaining one generation while introducing it to another. For a piece of theatre history, check out “Project Shaw.”

Tonight’s installment was “Captain Brassbound’s Conversion” starring Harriet Harris, Marc Kudish, Brad Oscar, A.J. Shively, Philip Glassborow, Glenn Kalison, David Ian Lee, Ariel Estrada, Matthew Baldiga, Paul Singleton, James Rana, Michael Feingold (from the Village Voice), and Michael Riedel (from the NY Post). “Captain Brassbound’s Conversion” tells the tale of a world famous British lady traveler (played esquisitly by Harriet Harris) who arrives in a Moroccan port and taken captive by an even more famous revengeful pirate! In no time she takes on his band of pirates, an Arab army, and the entire U.S. fleet!

It was a real treat to get to see Harriet Harris and Marc Kudish back on stage together (they previously starred together in the Tony Award Winning Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for which Harriet Harris won Best Featured Actress and Marc Kudish received a nomination for Best Featured Actor)! As great as they were together, Harriet Harris really stole the show! Whether it was a look or vocal inflection, Harriet’s brilliant comedic timing hit the target everytime!

After the reading, I went to talk to Harriet Harris. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen her, but after all this time she remembered not only my face, but my name as well. Thank You Harriet Harris for helping make tonight so special and I hope to see you back on Broadway soon!

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