26 Mar “Mrs. Campbell! Mr.Shaw” A One-Act Play
March 26, 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The wit, the wisdom, the passion – a one of a kind relationship
discovered through the letters spanning nearly 40 years of
Mrs. Patrick Campbell and George Bernard Shaw
A One-Act Play by Sandra Laub
We know the immortal George Bernard Shaw – playwright, pacifist, vegetarian. But, really, what made him tick? And who was Mrs. Campbell? She was a famous Gilded Age actress on par with Eleanora Duse and Sara Bernhardt, some say, who played lead roles on the London stage and whom Shaw cast as Eliza Dolittle in his Pygmalion (My Fair Lady). Shaw and Campbell fell in love with each other, even though both were married at the time. Based on hundreds of intimate, exquisitely personal letters they wrote to each other from 1912 to 1940, “Mrs. Campbell! Mr. Shaw” is an historical record of a bygone era, one that echoes the timeless and universal joys and sorrows of middle aged people growing older, and perhaps wiser – wise enough to poke fun at themselves and the world. Drawing from the epistolary form, the play interweaves snippets from Shaw’s plays with the letters. The effect is an even and entertaining match of outsized personalities by turns that are tragic and comic.
Sandra Laub has acted in dozens of professional productions, including musicals, classic and contemporary plays, and premieres of new work. A graduate of Northwestern University and the American Conservatory Theater, her career is a combination of theater, education and community outreach.
Michael Healy is Irish born. He studied drama and acting at Fordham University and at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, where he appeared off Broadway and off-off Broadway in many productions, most notably with the Irish arts center and the Irish Repertory Theater. On television, three years on Saturday Night Live & amp; several national TV commercials as well as voice over work on PBS Television (Out of Ireland) In Rhode Island he has appeared with the Gamm Theatre, The Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts, The Courthouse Center for the Arts and the Firehouse Theater. He produced many shows in Newport at the Firehouse Theatre and won an award for acting in 2007. He currently has narrated 40 audiobooks, all of which can be found on Audible.com.
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