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The Niagara International Chamber Music Festival offers three occasions in July and August when “Shaw and Music” will be featured as part of their “Birthday Boys” salute. On July 31 the Niagara-on-the-Lake Court House”will present Shaw on Mozart”; on August 7 the Court House will present ” Shaw on Bruch and Vaughan Williams,” and on August 14, “Shaw on Paderewski and Parry.” For a full schedule of offerings, visit the Niagara Music Fest website here.


For the first time ever, every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote for the stage will be presented to New York audiences. Every sketch, full-length and one-act play will be performed as a concert reading. The series will be presented, as Shaw preferred, with no admission charge. As produced by David Staller at New York’s legendary Players Club, one Monday a month will find eager Shavians gathering for this unique event. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast will present a different play – many of which have never before been performed in New York City.

The Irish born Shaw, who died at age 94 in 1950, is one of the most prolific writers of plays, books and treatises in the English language who ever lived. His outspoken stand for human rights, particularly for Women’s rights, political awareness and the need for each person to take responsibility for their own lives has become legendary.

Many of the New York Theatre’s actors are signing on for their favorite Shaw plays. Some of the actors who have promised to take part in this ambitious two-year program include Malcolm Gets, Veanne Cox, Raul Esparza, Marc Kudisch, George S. Irving, Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Anderson, Ed Dixon, Cynthia Harris, Charlotte Moore and Simon Jones.

This series is being produced and directed by David Staller, life-long Shaw aficionado. Mr. Staller is currently acting with Dana Ivey in Shaw’s controversial MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.



The Bernard Shaw Society and Continuing Education Public Programs at The Graduate Center of CUNY present

“Free and Easy with George Bernard Shaw”

Directed by Robert Neff Wiliams, Julliard School, Drama Division

Narrated by Rhoda Nathan, President of the Bernard Shaw Society

Place: Elebash Recital Hall, Graduate Center

Address: 365 Fifth Avenue

Admission: $10

Reservations: (212) 817-8215

The American Irish Historical Society will be closed for renovation for the next months. We are scheduling two important events for October and November in two different locations. Formal notice of each event will be sent out to our membership, as is our custom.

Saturday, October 15 at 3P.M. at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts: Society President Rhoda Nathan will speak on “Arnold Daly: Shaw’s Man in America.” The talk on the great and tragic Shavian actor is one event in an extended retrospective exhibit of Shaw manuscripts, performances and portraits at the Library, marking the centennial of Daly’s performances in two of Shaw’s plays in 1905 in New York. The month-long exhibit is free of charge and open to all visitors.

Friday, November 11 at 7:30 P.M. at the  Graduate Center of the City University of New York at Fifth avenue and 34th Street. Robert Neff Williams of the  Drama Division of the Juilliard School will direct “Free and Easy with Bernard Shaw”: Village Wooing: “A Comediettina for Two Voices,” and  “How He  Lied To Her Husband”, “a piece d’occasion” or playlet written expressly for Arnold Daly. There will be a modest $10 fee for this performance. Further information about this event will be sent in our usual flyer a month before the performance.


SWANN’s WAY: Collecting Shaw at Auction
An Illustrated Talk by George Lowry
Chairman of Swann Galleries

The American Irish Historical Society
991 Fifth Avenue at 80th Street
Donation: $5
Reception following the meeting

For further information,
call Secretary, Douglas Laurie at 212.982.9885



The collection of 3,400 items comes from Samuel Freedman, a rare book and manuscript dealer from Western Massachusetts. Freedman began his search for Shaviana in the 1950s after discovering an original proof of Shaw’s one act, Overruled—one of only 25 copies ever printed—in a New York City antiquarian bookshop. The proof included a slipcase with Shaw’s inscription, “The original title was Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted, but an American playwright got in beforehand with it; and I changed it.”
Over years of dedicated searching, he accrued what amounted to a magpie’s nest of a collection, built from odds and ends that reveal the life and character of one of Western literature’s most distinct, refined, and influential voices.

The exhibit, titled Mr. Shaw’s Time is Filled Up for Months to Come, will be on display in the Burns Library until March 31, 2005.

For details about the exhibit, including an exciting slideshow, click HERE.

The Second Annual Shaw Symposium will be help on July 29-31 at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The event is sponsored by The Shaw Festival and The International Shaw Society and is dedicated to the memory of Ronald Bryden. For more information, please click HERE.

The Bernard Shaw Society gave us two engaging programs in the latter part of 2004. On 1 October, Professor Daniel J. Leary, distinguished scholar, author and editor gave a talk entitled “Saint Joan as Opera: The Open Secret of Shaw’s Creativity.” On 3 December, the Society presented the delightful “Biographer’s Blunders Corrected,” a dramatic reading by society members: William Berley, Zoe Kaplan, Donald Mehus, Larry Herold, Jay R. Tunney, and Harry Wagner. Both programs were given at the American Irish Historical Society.

A history of earlier meetings has been maintained by Richard Dietrich, President of the International Shaw Society and member of our advisory board, through his work in establishing a web presence for The Bernard Shaw Society long before this site appeared. A link to that material is provided HERE.