Classical Theatre Company returns to the great George Bernard Shaw for this first time since producing the smash hit Candida back in 2011. Regarded by many to be the second finest author in the English language, Shaw is well known for his wordsmithing and wit. His keen ear and ability to recreate the voices of those he encountered and brought to life on the page are without peer.
First performed in 1902, Mrs. Warren’s Profession shows us the life of a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Kitty Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel madam, as she becomes acquainted with her grown daughter, Vivie, for the first time in her life. Vivie, a recent University of Cambridge graduate is horrified to learn what her mother does for her profession, and the audience sees how this realization changes the dynamic of their relationship and brings to light the role of professional women in the Western world.
“Shaw is a master when it comes to making us laugh while skewering the social conundrums that surrounded him – and still surround us to this day,” says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. “This fabulously witty play discusses everything from the limited economic opportunities for women, to the roles women play in society, to the place of men in relation to women. All of these ideas are still at the forefront of the sociopolitical discussions today.”
Groundbreaking in its day, this play will be directed by veteran Classical Theatre Company Resident Artistic Company member, Julia Traber – whose other directorial work for CTC includes Candida, The Triumph of Love, Miss Julie, and Henry V.
Starring Celeste Cheramie Roberts, Shanae’a Moore, Dwight Clark, Blake Jackson, Ted Doolittle, and Tom Long.
Costumes by Claremarie Verheyen
Scenery by Mark Lewis
Lighting by Mitchell Cronin
Props by Star Hinson
Sound by Jon Harvey