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The April, 2009 meeting will be held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


On Saturday, April 11, at 3:00 pm, there will be a panel discussion

on Joan of Arc: The Riddle of the Ages.


The panel will include our president, Rhoda Nathan,

along with Maurice Charney and Maureen Murphy.


This event will be held at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullmann Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

All members should have received a leaflet from the library listing upcoming events.

For further information, please phone 212-595-5908 or 212-982-9885.






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The Bernard Shaw Society

invites you to hear

Jay R. Tunney


My Scans\2008-04 (Apr)\scn0002.tiflecture and discuss


Four Whitehall Court”


a chapter in his forthcoming

book on the friendship between

his father, the boxer Gene Tunney,

and the playwright Shaw. This

chapter highlights their initial

meeting at Shaw’s London flat with

literary and artistic friends including

H. G Wells and Max Beerbohm.


6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008



At the newly refurbished

American Irish Historical Society

991 Fifth Avenue at 80th Street

New York City


(This will be the final

meeting of the season)





Note: For those interested, Mr Tunney will also answer questions about the June 2009 Shaw Seminar on Brioni, in Croatia,

to which all New York Shavians and their friends are invited.












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From The Independent Shavian, Vol 43, no. 1-2, 2005

Upcoming Events


Lincoln Center Shaw Celebration

September 17-October 25, 2005


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  40 Lincoln Center Plaza

 presents a series of free public programs


Man or Superman?: The Art of George Bernard Shaw


This year marks the centennial of many Shavian events: the writing and first  performance of Major Barbara; the first performance of Man and Superman; and actor-producer Arnold Daly's successful yet scandalous Shavian season in New York . On September 21, 1905, The New York Times wrote, "Shaw's Man and Superman is exiled from the open shelves of the New York  Free Lending Libraries."                                                          


GENERAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (for further details, click on and look under "Public Programs.")    


Saturday, September 17,  4:30 p.m.       

Shaw in Perspective: Eric Bentley Interviewed by Michael Riedel.   


Monday, September 19,  6:00 p.m.                                                                   

Shavian Readings with Philip Bosco, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach,  and others.


Wednesday, September 28,  3:00 p.m.                                                                   

An Afternoon with Lady Susana Walton.  William Walton wrote the  music for the film of  Shaw's Major Barbara (1941). Walton's widow  will talk about her husband's work and introduce a screening of  the film, which was directed by Gabriel Pascal and starred Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison,  Robert Morley, and Sybil Thorndike.  Shaw collaborated on the film script. 


Thursday, September 29,  6:00 p.m.                                                                 

A Superabundance of Foulness: Mrs. Warren's Profession, New York,  1905.   Lecture by Leonard Conolly.


Friday, September 30, 3:00 p.m.                                                                   

Why Shaw Still Matters.  Panel with Leonard Conolly, J. Ellen Gainor, Martin Meisel, and Stanley Weintraub.  


Saturday, October 15,  3:00 p.m.                                                                 

Shaw's Man in America:  The Rise and Fall of Arnold Daly.  Lecture by Rhoda Nathan.


Monday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.                                                 

Mrs. Warren's Profession:  Reading of the play that was called "morally rotten" when it  premiered in New York in  October 1905. Cast members were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.  


Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 p.m.                                                                  

Shavian Musicals.  Constance Green, Ellen Lang, Irwin Reese, and John Shelhart, with Robert Rogers at the piano.   Songs from musicals based on Shaw's plays, including Androcles and the Lion, The Chocolate Soldier, Her First Roman, My Fair Lady, and others. The singers are members of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.





Collecting Shaw

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center


The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw:

A Staged Reading and Panel Discussion of Medical Ethics

6:00 PM Tuesday, March 30, at The Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall

George Bernard Shaw’s long life (1856-1950) coincided with an eventful period in the history of British medicine, beginning with The Medicine Act of 1858, which created the modern British medical profession, and ending with the National Health Act of 1946, which socialized it.   The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906) captures the comic and near-tragic aspects of medical theory and practice at the turn of the last century.  

Director: Robert Neff Williams

Panel Moderator: Professor Rhoda Nathan


Howard Kissell, theatre critic;

Dr. Mark Horn, Corporate Affairs division of Pfizer, Inc.;

Plus an attorney specializing in medical ethics.  



The Bernard Shaw Society;

The New York Academy of Sciences;

The Science Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY


FREE.  For reservations call 1-212-817-8215, Reservation Code 4018



The Bernard Shaw Society Presents:

Alfred, Lynn & GBS

By Margot Peters

The author of Bernard Shaw and the Actresses, The House of Barrymore, and Mrs. Pat: The Life of Mrs. Patrick Campbell will speak about her new book:

Design for Living: Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne

(Alfred A. Knopf)


Friday, November 14, 2003 at 7:30 pm

The American Irish Historical Society

991 Fifth Avenue at 80th St.

Donation: $5

Reception following the meeting

For further information call our Secretary Douglas Laurie

At (212) 982-9885

No Reservations Necessary






















Friday, December 6, 2002

7:30 PM at the American Irish Historical Society,

 991 Fifth Ave. at 80th St.

The Bernard Shaw Society Presents:


Lillah McCarthy and Bernard Shaw”



GBS Tour of England (Cancelled)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be offering a tour entitled “A Celebration of George Bernard Shaw: Hertfordshire & London” July 23-31, 2002.   For details contact Bellinger Davis Travel, a division of Protravel International, 515 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022.  Phone (212) 409-9555 or 1-800-227-1059.  FAX (212) 755 1376.   Or email Grace Polk at

Friday, October 18, 2002

7:30 PM at the American Irish Historical Society,

 991 Fifth Ave. at 80th St.

The Bernard Shaw Society Presents:

“Anatomy of the Playwright:

G.B.S. through the Critic’s Eye”


Friday, May 31, 2002.

7:30 PM at the American Irish Historical Society,

 991 Fifth Ave. at 80th St.

The Bernard Shaw Society Presents:


Act II of Shaw’s Comedy of Power & Money

Directed by Robert Neff Williams

Of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School

We will also celebrate the re-publication of

Eric Bentley’s acclaimed Bernard Shaw.


Friday, February 8, 2002 at 7:30

AT: The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue at 80th St. in New York 




by Donald V. Mehus

Mr. Mehus is a widely published writer on music and European culture.  Included in his talk will be recorded musical excerpts from works about which Shaw wrote when he served as a professional London music critic from 1888 to 1894.  A longtime member of the Bernard Shaw Society, Mr. Mehus has addressed us in the past and now brings new insights into this significant aspect of Shaw’s critical work.



Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 3:00 PM

AT: The Jean Cocteau Repertory

at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre

330 Bowery at Bond Street, New York City

Arms&the Man


A Benefit Performance


Special Half-Price Benefit Tickets for Shaw Society Members

and friends at $20 each.

Discussion with the cast following the

performance led by Rhoda Nathan,

President, The Bernard Shaw Society.



Friday, December 7, 2001, 8:00 PM

AT: The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue at 80th St. in New York 


Siobhan’s Joan:

Saint Joan and the Irish

by Professor Maureen Murphy

Distinguished Irish Folklorist and Literary Historian 



Friday, June 1, 2001, 7:30 PM

at the American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Ave. at 80th St.







Friday, March 2, 2001, 7:30 PM

Bernard Shaw: An Irish Portrait

In 1954, four years after Shaw's death, his countrymen shared their memories of him at first hand in an historic B.B.C. broadcast.  Among the participants were Sean O'Casey, Frank O'Connor, St. John Ervine, and Father Frank Leonard.  At this meeting the broadcast will be reenacted by members and friends of the Bernard Shaw Society.


Friday, December 8, at 7:30 PM


"Quirks and Quacks: A Symposium on Medical Ethics

 in The Doctor's Dilemma"



Dr. David M. Nathan, Physician

Ms. Ellen Lubell, Esq., Attorney

Mr. Howard Kissel, Theater Critic


October 5, 2000

The Bernard Shaw Society Presented

Thomas Summa's Heritage Theatre Reading of Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma

at a meeting of The Lyceum Club at The New York Academy of Sciences

2 East 63rd Street, New York City

For reservations, contact Kwanze Baird in the NYAS Development Office at (212) 838-0230, ext. 235, or email at


September 24, 2000

At the Annual 5th Avenue "New York is Book Country" Fair

The Bernard Shaw Society Joined the Yeats and Joyce Societies

For An Exhibit: "Irish Literary Societies in New York City" 


May 5, 2000

Featured a dramatic reading of Margot Peters' new play, Persuasions about Shaw's attempt to recruit Ellen Terry and Sir Henry Irving to the New Drama.   

Margot Peters is the author of The House of Barrymore Mrs. Pat: The Life of Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and Bernard Shaw and the Actresses. 

The performance was directed by Robert Neff Williams, of the Julliard Drama Department.


February 18, 2000

At a joint meeting of the Bernard Shaw Society and the American Irish Historical Society, the speaker was Professor Daniel Leary, recently retired from CUNY. 

He spoke on: 

"Shaw and Aquinas, A Case of Philosophical Possession"

Dr. Leary revealed, after 45 years of Shaw Study, that he has been literally possessed by GBS. He demonstrated how this possession first manifested itself while he was writing a review of one of Aquinas' works. Guided by the spirit of GBS and influenced by Aquinas' concept of entelechy, Dr. Leary launched an heuristic attack on scientism, the reductionist view that science explains everything.


MARCH 12, 1999


 What It Means to be a Shavian at the Millennium.

 Speaker: R. F. Dietrich

 An English Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Richard Farr Dietrich is the author of Bernard Shaw's Novels: Portraits of the Author_as Man and Superman, British Drama 1890 to1950: A Critical History, and The Art of Fiction, and he is the Series Editor of the new Florida Bernard Shaw Series sponsored by the University Press of Florida.