The Gingold Theatrical Group has announced the cast for their upcoming production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. Playing midtown from October 17 to November 18, opening night for the popular comedy is set for October 26.
Centering on a hunted soldier who seeks refuge in a young lady’s boudoir, Arms and the Man is one of Shaw's most popular early plays, supplying a series of unusual philosophies about love, war, and life.
“Arms and the Man is one of those infamous Shaw plays ready for some deep-dive re-examining,” said director David Staller. “It’s a blissfully streamlined and funny little play that allows seven disparate characters in Bulgaria during an incredibly brief war (yes, there’s rarely not been a war in Eastern Europe) who, by coming together en masse are able to challenge everything they’ve been and plant a foot on a new life. Although it’s often all too easily diminished as an anti-war play, it’s so much more than that in keeping with all of Shaw’s 65 plays reminding us to take an active and enlightened part in our own journey. ‘Challenge everything’ was Shaw’s mantra to become the person you want to be.”
The cast of will feature Shanel Bailey (Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies), Delphi Borich (Camelot), Ben Davis (New York New York), Keshav Moodliar (Queen), Thomas Jay Ryan (Uncle Vanya), Evan Zes (The Kite Runner), and Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Prince of Broadway). Understudies for this production will be Mazvita Chanakira (Gap Year), René Thornton Jr (The Tempest), and Matthew Zimmerman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Arms and the Man will feature set design by Lindsay Genevieve Fuori, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, costume design by Tracy Christensen, and sound design by Julian Evans. Prop design will be by Emmarose Campbell. Production management will be by Allie Posner. Hair design will be by Cassie Williams, and Stephanie Yankwitt of tbd Casting Co. serves as casting director. The production stage manager will be April Ann Kline, and Jade Doina will serve as assistant stage manager.
For more information, visit GingoldGroup.org.