The Gallo Center & Prospect Theater present
George Shaw’s Pygmalion is Prospect Theater Project’s 65th production since the company’s formation in 2000. Along with 2011’s record setting To Kill a Mockingbird, 2012’s The Grapes of Wrath and Tartuffe, this will be Prospect’s 4th production in partnership with Gallo Center for the Arts.
100 years after its first production (written in 1912 and first presented in Vienna in 1913), Pygmalion remains Shaw’s most popular play, best known to modern audiences in its musical and film incarnation, My Fair Lady.
On a rainy evening at Covent Garden, Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins claims he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a well-spoken woman, passing her off as a duchess in six months time. When Eliza Doolittle appears at his home the next day, offering to pay a shilling for English lessons, Higgins can't resist the challenge. But, Eliza, proving to be a quick learner, is more than a match for Higgins in wit and tenacity and the miracle of her transformation is not simply social.
Manners, identity, gender politics and class warfare are all skewered in this rollicking comedy by George Bernard Shaw, who, when he penned the 1938 screenplay of Pygmalion, became the first and only person to be awarded the Nobel Prize (for Literature) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay).
PTP and Gallo Center for the Arts’ production is directed by Jenni Abbott (Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird and Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath) and features PTP Artistic Director Jack Souza (Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird) as Henry Higgins and PTP veterans Laura Dickinson-Turner as Eliza Doolittle, David Barbaree (Col. Pickering), Mary Pieczarka (Mrs. Higgins), Bill Roe (Alfred Doolittle). The production also stars Robin Bjerke, Jon Cates, Deb Dooley, Molly Souza, Michael Hewitt, Charlotte Ferreira, Jerry Rosenthal and Roni Espinosa, with original music composed by David Eakin (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath).