The third production of the current season at The Stagecrafters, George Bernard Shaw’s classic, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, will open on Friday, February 1, 2013. A play of morals and ideas, set in late Victorian England, it is a study of two strong women, mother and daughter, each determined to hold to their respective world views and life choices. The story transpires over a weekend during which young Vivie Warren, freshly graduated from Cambridge after a lifetime of boarding schools and only brief family contacts, finally learns more about her mother, a woman of questionable reputation who has lavishly financed her daughter’s superior education and place in respectable society. The unfolding action propels the two women into an inevitable confrontation and reckoning with the past, culminating in a climax of shocking and passionate drama.
Regularly at the center of discourse on the moral, economic, and social issues of his day, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) left the world a large body of literary work, including sixty-three plays, over a dozen of which are today recognized as classics. A good many of his writings invited controversy, but Mrs. Warren’s Profession provoked more than its fair share. Written in 1893, the play, dealing with the often unsavory reality of women’s position in society of the time, was immediately banned from public presentation in England. Upon reaching the American stage in 1905, its premiere was literally halted in mid-performance by New York’s Police Department, who cited the entire company for disorderly conduct! The first public production in London took place in 1925, by which time its thematic content was deemed presentable. Since then the play has enjoyed many decades of revivals on both sides of the Atlantic.
Performance dates are February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m., February 3, 10, 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at $17.00 Online (no service charge), $20.00 At-door. (Thu. eve performances “2 for $25″). Students with valid ID $13.00 At-door. Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details: www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE: “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A sessions will be held following the performances on Friday, Feb. 8. All attendees at the performance are welcome to stay and join in the discussion.
Theater/Organization The Stagecrafters
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.thestagecrafters.org
Theater/Organization Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215)247-8881