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Meet Karen Ziemba, Tom Hewitt, Alison Fraser, and the Cast of Heartbreak House

David Staller directs the George Bernard Shaw drama off-Broadway.

Derek Smith, Tom Hewitt, Alison Fraser, Raphael Nash Thompson, Kimberly Immanuel, Jeff Hiller, Karen Ziemba, and Lenny Wolpe star in Heartbreak House.
(© David Gordon)

The cast of Gingold Theatrical Group's production of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House met with the press at their rehearsal studio on August 1.

Directed and adapted by artistic director David Staller, the cast features Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden), Tom Hewitt (Chicago), Jeff Hiller (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns), Kimberly Immanuel (Pacific Overtures), Tony nominee Derek Smith (The Green Bird), Raphael Nash Thompson (The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A), Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway), and Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Prince of Broadway).

Director and adapter David Staller (kneeling) and a cutout of playwright George Bernard Shaw (left) join the cast of Heartbreak House for a photo.
(© David Gordon)

The production is described as follows: "This new adaptation of Shaw's infamous WWI play is set during the first days of the London Blitz (September 1940). We're in London's Ambassadors Theatre when the sirens go off. With the performance interrupted, the cast and audience have joined together to seek shelter in the theater's basement. To entertain the crowd, the cast performs Shaw's most vital paean to resistance and perseverance against tyranny, Heartbreak House. Inspired by actual events as lived by Hermione Gingold during the WWII's darkest days, this revelatory approach will make Shaw's masterpiece more timely than ever."

The limited off-Broadway engagement at Theatre Row begins on August 28 in advance of a September 9 opening. Performances will run through September 29.

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