The Governing Council

International Shaw Society


Executive Committee


Michael O’Hara,



Ellen Dolgin,

Vice President


R. F. Dietrich,

Treasurer & Webmaster


John McInerney,

Recording Secretary


Ann Stewart,

Membership Secretary


Advisory Committee


Anthony Gibbs

Christopher Innes

Norma Jenckes

Brad Kent

Lagretta Lenker

Martin Meisel

John Pfeiffer

Jean Reynolds

Ann Saddlemyer

Tony Stafford

Jay Tunney

Al Turco

Stanley Weintraub

Don Wilmeth

Chris Wixson


Honorary Advisory


Eric Bentley

Charles Berst

Charles A. Carpenter

Bernard Dukore

Elizabeth Dunford

Nicholas Grene

Michael Holroyd

Sue Morgan

Rhoda Nathan

Margot Peters

Barbara Smoker


Ex-Officio Advisory


Michel Pharand

General Editor, SHAW

Leonard Conolly

Richard Dietrich

Past Presidents





Time to renew membership.

Please send the form to:


P.O. Box 728

Odessa, FL 33556-0728




This Newsletter was produced by Michel Pharand, General Editor of SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, and ISS Webmaster R.F. Dietrich








ISS Homepage:

2013 End-of-Year Newsletter

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Table of Contents


Special Acclamation

Theater in 2013

ISS Events in 2013

Prospects for &

Calls for Papers for 2014-2015

Sundry Shaviana /Obituaries

Travel Grant Winners

Photo Gallery for “Shaw at Home”

Membership Renewal /   END



   Shaw Society



A Message from POTISS

(President of the ISS)

When I reflect on the many ISS events of the past few years, I am reminded of one of Shaw’s well known quotations: “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”  Three international conferences in three years: Whew!   And the least likely is the one that happened this year.


Those hearty souls who were able to attend the magical “Shaw at Home” conference at Ayot St Lawrence and London last June—and how often, frankly, do you hear anyone use “magical” to describe a scholarly conference—enjoyed pleasures intellectual, theatrical, and pastoral.  After a welcoming from Alan Knight, Chairman of the Shaw Society UK, highlights included a thoughtful display in the Palladian Church where the conference was held of Shaw’s photos, arranged and glossed by Alice McEwan (see Photo Gallery below), evenings of Shavian reminiscences from Richard Digby Day and Toni Kanal Green one night and the next a musical reminiscence from Brigitte Bogar, Christopher Innes, and the Waterhouses, mother and daughter on piano and violin, a tour of London Shaw spots with Michael Sargent as tour guide, a trip to the London School of Economics (co-founded by Shaw) to hear a stirring talk by Gilbert Murray’s great-granddaughter, Polly Toynbee, performances of Mrs. Warren’s Profession by the Questors Theatre in London, of Buoyant Billions and Geneva at Ayot by Michael Friend Productions, and many wonderful talks, featuring presentations by several distinguished speakers: Ms Toynbee, Sir Michael Holroyd, Michael Billington, Stanley Weintraub, Jay R. Tunney, and, at our farewell banquet, actress Sylvia Syms, with the Joe Peck Quintent providing a jazzy ending.  Remarkable, too, was Phillip Riley’s call for a Shaw National Theatre in the UK; we wish him the best of luck.  Special thanks are due to the National Trust, and especially to Sue Morgan, House Steward of Shaw's Corner, Lizzie Dunford, Assistant Steward, and their wonderful staff and volunteers for making “Shaw at Home” such an amazing experience!   Perhaps a bucolic bow should also be taken by the sheep whose grazing pasture we passed through on the way to the Palladian Church.   And by the war horses who occasionally showed up with thirsty riders at The Brocket Arms, where some of us stayed. 

We’ll never top that conference, but let’s keep trying!                                                      

Michael O’Hara

Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts

Sursa Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts

Ball State University


Above, POTISS ascends Palladian Church

to fix wiring, as though it were just

another stage set.



A Message from the Vice-President of the ISS

When Michael O’Hara asked me to be his Vice-President,

we set two particular goals for me: to expand ISS

membership and to be the “point person” for

planning the 2015 “Shaw in New York” conference.

In addition, along with Larry Switzky (with MLA)

and Chris Wixson (with MMLA), I have made efforts

to infuse Shaw into conferences held by

scholarly organizations. I have taken advantage of

my current position as President of NeMLA

(for 2013-14) to emphasize drama as one of the

their session themes, to organize two Shaw panels

(on the New Woman and on Global Shaw), and

to select the keynote speaker: David Staller, who

will speak on “Anti-Classicist Shaw: On His Feet

As Spokesman for Today,” and whose production

of You Never Can Tell (at the Pearl Theatre in 2013)

was filmed for the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive

of the New York Public Library. Looking ahead to

“Shaw in New York,” I’m very pleased to announce

that Ibsen scholar Joan Templeton (Emerita,

Long Island University), who spoke on Shaw and Ibsen

at “Shaw at Home,” will be taking an active role in

planning the conference. I hope to see many of

you there                                                          

 Ellen Dolgin

Chair, English Department,

and Co-Chair, Gender Studies

Dominican College of Blauvelt

Ellen Dolgin in Shaw Symposium


Ellen Dolgin served on a discussion panel at

Project Shaw’s Shaw Symposium on Oct. 11,

held in tandem with the David Staller production

of You Never Can Tell at The Pearl Theatre in

New York.




Dolgin-TempletonEllen Dolgin with Joan Templeton at the “Shaw at Home” conference:




















Below are the three muses of the “Shaw at Home” conference in Ayot St Lawrence, who did a terrific

job of putting the UK Shaw Society together with

the ISS and making everyone feel at home and

well served: Sue Morgan, House Steward at “Shaw’s Corner” in the middle, Lizzie Dunford, Assistant

Steward, on the left, and Evelyn Ellis, our UK liaison,

on the right.  Bravo!!!

3 UK Muses (800x600)



                                                           SHAW IN THE THEATER IN 2013: A SAMPLER





Photo courtesy of The Shaw Festival.


THE SHAW FESTIVAL: Featured at the 10th Annual Summer

Shaw Symposium at the Festival was Major Barbara and

an adaptation of Geneva by John Murrell retitled Peace

in Our Time – A Comedy.


 {Photo to the left: Nicole Underhay as Barbara Undershaft

and Graeme Somerville as Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara. 

Photo by David Cooper.}


The Shaw plays for 2014 will be Arms and the Man and The

Philanderer. For a performance calendar and other plays in the

2014 season, see  To register for the 11th

Annual Summer Shaw Symposium or view its call for papers, go

 to for explanations

and instructions.  



season included The Millionairess and Widowers’ Houses.

Outreach performances included Village Wooing, Saint Joan,

Shaw vs. Shakespeare, Shaw’s Women, and Saint Joan.

The company celebrates its 20th season with Pygmalion

(12 Oct to 4 Nov 2013), Saint Joan (1 to 24 Feb 2014),

and Man and Superman (26 Apr to 19 May 2014). All

productions are directed by Artistic Director Robert

Scogin.  For more information, go to

or write to Managing Director Tony Courier at




Please note that ShawChicago will be co-hosting the Chicago

Shaw Symposium on May 16-17, 2014, at the Chicago

Cultural Center and the

 Ruth Page Center for the Arts, to celebrate the 20th anniversary

of the ShawChicago Theater Co. and the 10th anniversary of

the ISS.   See

for all the details.


See SHAW 29 for an article on Artistic Director Robert Scogin. 




YNCT - Cast Photo


Candida at Symphony Space


Photos provided by David Staller.



PROJECT SHAW IN NEW YORK: A momentous year for them,

which included a mid-year move from the Players Club in

Gramercy Park to Symphony Space on 95th & Broadway,

and a full scale production of You Never Can Tell at The

Pearl Theatre on 42nd St., accompanied by a Shaw Symposium


[see photo at left of the cast of YNCT at the Pearl Theater].  




All presentations by Project Shaw are produced and directed

by David Staller, artistic director/founder of the Gingold

Theatrical Group.  In 2013 Project Shaw did: Misalliance,

Caesar and Cleopatra, The Admirable Bashville,Mrs. Warren’s

Profession, Too True to be Good, On the Rocks, Don Juan in Hell,

Candida (see photo left of the Candida cast at The Symphony

Space production), and The Devil’s Disciple.  Planned for 2014:

Arms and the Man, The Philanderer, Heartbreak House,

Getting Married, Village Wooing, The Millionairess, and

Major Barbara. For more information, contact or go to





THE WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD:  The Stage Guild’s 2013-14 season will include two parts of Back to Methuselah ("In the

Beginning" and "The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas"), dir. Bill Largess. Their “Readings Series” in 2014 will include

The Doctor's Dilemma.  See for an account of their plans for the future and the opportunity to support them.                                                                         



"Geneva" James Owen, Jonas Cemm, Keith Myers, Math Sams

  Photo by R. F. Dietrich


2014 plans for Michael Friend Productions includes The Philanderer

with the original final act (at Shaw's Corner 27th to 29th June and at

the Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs 31st July to 3rd August),

Heartbreak House (at Shaw's Corner 25th to 27th July, starting

earlier than usual at 6pm), The Man of Destiny (a short tour in February

 - 12th at Buxton Opera House, 14th and 15th at Sarah Thorne Theatre,

Broadstairs and 27th Feb to 1st March at The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud

Theatre, Guildford).


MICHAEL FRIEND PRODUCTIONS: This year’s productions

in Shaw’s back yard at “Shaw’s Corner” in Ayot St. Lawrence

included Geneva in June (see photo left, the gang’s all there),

accompanied at the “Shaw at Home” conference by a reading

of Buoyant Billions at the Palladian Church.   For more,


Michael Friend reading Shaw1 


Michael Friend





Photo courtesy of Michael Friend



SHAW IN JAPAN:   (In the photo to the right is a familiar

scene from Pygmalion).

Pygmalion was produced at Shinkokuritsu Gekijo (New National

Theater), Tokyo (13 November to 1 December), with Satomi

Ishihara as Eliza, Takehiro Hira as Higgins, and Kazuki Kosakai as

Doolittle.   As every scene in the 1941 edition of Pygmalion was

performed—including Eliza bathing (Act II), the embaassy ball

(Act IV), and Eliza and Freddy wandering in London (between

Acts IV and V)—the play ran 3 hours and 10 minutes

(including 20-minuute intermission), about the same

length as the September production of Saint Joan (see

below), in which the texts were considerably abridged!


The Japanese continue their love affair with GBS.  Dear Liar

was performed in Tokyo (May 2013), with famous actress

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi as Stella.






(0005)from left Takehiro Hira & 25%

Photo by Masahiko Yakou courtesy of New National Theatre, Tokyo.


[9]Saint Joan photo by Masahiko Yakou_0270 25%

Photo by Masahiko Yakou courtesy of Stagaya Public Theatre.


Saint Joan, starring popular musical star Rena Sasamoto

(who debuted at age 13 as the title role of the musical

Peter Pan), was produced at Setagaya Public Theater,

Tokyo (5-24 September); the production went to Hyogo

Performing Arts Centre, Nishinomiya (28-29 September),

Honokuni Toyohashi Art Theatre, Toyohashi, Aichi (5 October),

and Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan, Sapporo (9 October).

The last Japanese  production was nearly 50 years ago! 



SHAW IN DUBLIN: Mrs Warren’s Profession was performed at

the Gate Theatre (4 April to 11 May 2013), dir. Patrick Mason,

with Sorcha Cusack (Kitty Warren) and Rebecca O’Mara

(Vivie Warren). Major Barbara premiered at the Abbey Theatre

(31 July to 21 Sep 2013), dir. Annabelle Comyn, with Paul

McGann (Andrew Undershaft), Clare Dunne (Barbara Undershaft),

Marty Rea (Adolphus Cusins), Eleanor Methven (Lady Britomart),

Killian Burke (Stephen Undershaft) {see photo right}.

L-R Eleanor Methven (Lady Britomart), Gerard Byrne (Morrison), Marty Rea (Adolphus Cusins), Clare Dunne (Barbara), Liz Fitzgibbon (Sarah) and Aonghus Óg McAnally (Charles Lomax) in Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw. Directed by Annabelle Comyn. Photography by Ros Kavanagh




And of course there were many other productions of Shaw’s plays

around the world, and we regret that we haven’t space to mention

them all.  You can get notices of them by subscribing to

Google Alerts at .








sponsored by Stevenson University in Baltimore, included

Shaw Sessions co-sponsored by the ISS that were coordinated

by Professor Tony Stafford of the University of Texas El Paso.  

More Shaw Sessions are scheduled for the CDC in Baltimore

 in April of 2014 (deadline past). To submit paper proposals

for 2015, write to “Tony Stafford”<> by

December 1 of 2014.  For CDC information and to register,

 go to

when that becomes available. 





LONDON (17-22 June 2013), co-sponsored by the ISS, the

Shaw Society UK, and the National Trust, was organized on the

academic side by Richard Dietrich and Michael O’Hara of

the ISS, all local arrangements being made by Sue Morgan,

House Steward at Shaw’s Corner, Lizzie Dunford, Assistant

House Steward, and Evelyn Ellis, liaison with the UK

Shaw Society. See

for details.  (Photo to the right shows a meeting after

the conference of the - ahem - Executive Committee).


Exec Committee 25%



(July 26-28, 2013),

The meeting at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake,

Ontario and co-sponsored by the ISS and the Shaw Festival,

was coordinated  by Professor Brad Kent of the ISS and

Suzanne Merriam for the Shaw Festival.  After a Friday

reception and keynote address by David Staller on ‘Shaw’s

Imposing Stage Directions: To use or not to use’ came a

viewing of Major Barbara at the Royal George Theatre.

Saturday saw papers delivered by Christopher Wixson,

Shoko Matsumoto, Manisha Anand Patil, and Brigitte Bogar,

followed by an Actors’ Panel on Major Barbara and a matinee

of Shaw’s Geneva (in an adaptation by John Murrell retitled

 Peace in Our Time – A Comedy ) at the Court House Theatre,

concluding with a chat with ensemble members.   Sunday featured

papers by Tony Stafford, Matthew Yde, Kay Li, Mark Lepitre,

 Ellen Dolgin, Courtney Maika, Charles Del Dotto, John McInerney,

and Al Carpenter. Chairing sessions were Richard Dietrich,

Ellen Dolgin, Michael O’Hara, Christopher Wixson, and

Michel Pharand.  The Symposium concluded with the

usual ISS Business Meeting, followed by a post-Symposium reception at the Dietrichs’ cottage, “Shaw Rendezvous.”   A special thanks is due to Suzanne Merriam, Senior Manager for Education at the Festival, and her assistant Amanda Trip, for their invaluable arrangements.



The Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario






— THE 49th ANNUAL SHAW SEMINAR (8-11 Aug 2013), hosted

by L.W. Conolly, was held at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-

on-the-Lake, Ontario.

— THE SHAW SOCIETY (UK): L.W. Conolly spoke to the Shaw

Society (UK) on 25 October 2013 in Conway Hall, London, on

“‘That Awful Country’: The Beginnings of Shaw’s Hostility

Towards America.” His talk drew on his research for a book

provisionally entitled “You Dear Old Boobs”: Bernard Shaw and America.







PROSPECTS FOR 2014-2015 & CALLS FOR PAPERS (in order of deadlines)


SPECIAL NOTICE: THE CHICAGO SHAW SYMPOSIUM, co-hosted with the ShawChicago Theater Co.,

the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University,

will be held on May 16-17, 2014, at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

As this is to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the ISS, as well as the 20th Anniversary of ShawChicago,

we hope that you will make a special effort to attend.  

          Proposals for papers and for ISS Travel Grants should be sent to Professor Michael O’Hara

at "Michael O'Hara" <> by February 1, 2014.  For details on the Chicago Symposium,

including a Call for Papers, please go to .

In addition, read SHAW 29 (230-238) for an account of the career of ShawChicago’s Artistic Director

Robert Scogin, which provides a good introduction to ShawChicago and Shaw in Chicago as well.   




Shaw Session offered at the 2015 MLA Convention is "Shaw in Theory," that is, Shaw's status as a literary and dramatic theorist

(what is a "Shavian" reading of a text, for instance, and how portable/applicable is it as a method or school), and the use of

Shaw by other literary theorists (Frederic Jameson, Stanley Cavell, Germaine Greer, etc.).  The deadline for submitting abstracts

to Professor Lawrence Switzky at the U. of Toronto ( is March 15, 2014.   If you’re new to him,

please include an introductory letter and c.v.



THE 11TH ANNUAL SUMMER SHAW SYMPOSIUM at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 25-27, 2014, will

be focused on Arms and the Man and The Philanderer, the two Shaw plays scheduled at the Festival.  Discussions of those two

plays will be complemented by panels of actors/directors/designers involved in the play productions.  May 1, 2014 is the

deadline for submitting abstracts (300-500 words) for papers and panels and applications for Bryden Scholarships/ISS Travel

Grants, which should be sent to Dr. Dorothy Hadfield as an attachment to an email ( Those applying

 for scholarships/grants should submit additional information (see ).

To register for the Symposium (which includes a ticket for the two Shaw plays) and to order tickets for other plays, call the

Shaw box office at 1-800-511-7429.   For registration prices and all the details of the Symposium, see .




For the Shaw Session at the CDC in 2015, probably to be scheduled in early April or late March, the deadline is December 1, 2014

for submission of paper abstracts to Professor Tony Stafford of the U. of Texas El Paso (“Tony Stafford” <>).

The general topic is always broad enough so that almost any subject on Shaw will fit. For information about the conference

and registration, see  when it becomes available. 


SHAW SESSIONS AT 2014 NeMLA (NORTHEAST MLA) at HARRISBURG, PA, APRIL 3-6, 2014.   Chaired by Ellen Dolgin, the

deadline for this is past, but scheduled are two Shaw panels (on the New Woman and on Global Shaw).    Additional sessions

may be scheduled for 2015, and, if so,an announcement may be forthcoming.  Deadline for proposals would probably be

September 30, 2014.   Send queries to Ellen Dolgin at






SHAW BEHIND THE CAMERA: To see some of the photographs from “Man & Cameraman,” a project at the London School

of Economics to catalogue the contents of Shaw’s approximately 20,000 photographs and negatives and 15 photograph albums,

go to


 NEW BOOKS ON SHAW: Published in 2013: D.A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds, eds., Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off

and Tony Jason Stafford, Shaw’s Settings: Gardens and Libraries (both in the University Press of Florida Shaw series, Series Ed.

R.F. Dietrich), and Matthew Yde, Bernard Shaw and Totalitarianism: Longing for Utopia (Palgrave Macmillan). Forthcoming in

2014: Brad Kent, ed., Bernard Shaw in Context (Cambridge UP) and, in the Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw series

(U of Toronto P, gen. ed. L.W. Conolly), Shaw’s letters to Gilbert Murray (ed. Charles A. Carpenter) and to William Archer

(ed. Tom Postlewait).  Forthcoming in 2015: Ellen Dolgin, Tandem Stages: Bernard Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League

(McFarland & Co.).  Please note that although the University Press of Florida is no longer accepting manuscripts for its Shaw

Series, there are nineteen books on Shaw available for purchase (to see the list, go to .


 SHAW: THE ANNUAL OF BERNARD SHAW STUDIES: On 2 December 2013, Audrey McNamara (coordinator of “G.B. Shaw:

Back in Town,” the 2012 Dublin Shaw conference) successfully passed the viva for her Ph.D. thesis on Shaw and Ireland, with

Nelson Ritschel (author of Shaw, Synge, Connolly,and Socialist Provocation) as external reader. That afternoon, they were received

by Irish president Michael Higgins, to whom Nelson presented a copy of SHAW:The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, volume 33 (2013).





President Higgins of Ireland,

with Nelson O`Ceallaigh Ritschel

and Audrey McNamara













--SHAW 33 inaugurated the new softcover format. SHAW 34, devoted to “Shaw and Health,” is being guest-edited by

Christopher Wixson. The SHAW will go bi-annual with SHAW 35.1 (June 2015), a theme issue devoted to “Shaw and Modernity,”

guest-edited by Lawrence Switzky.  Inquiries and manuscript submissions should be sent to .



The Sagittarius-Orion-Shaw Digitizing Project: (A Virtual Tour of Shaviana) has moved to There are two main sections: 1) an open access platform and 2) a restricted access

platform accessible only on the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), which will ensure copyright restrictions. 

The open access platform is much enhanced. Highlights include: 1) “Who is Bernard Shaw” written by Stanley and Rodelle Weintraub;

2) a calendar of productions of Shaw’s plays around the world; 3) theatre productions with links to reviews and videos of

performances around the world; 4) Footsteps of Bernard Shaw, with videos showing Shaw’s world tour; 5) links to Charles

Carpenter’s Shaw Bibliography; 6) virtual tours of Isidor Saslav’s Shaw collections; 7) links to Shaw holiday shopping; 8) links to

numerous electronic Shaw texts; 9) links to Shaw Festival Study Guides; and 10) other classroom resources on specific plays.

The restricted access platform continues to feature classroom resources, such as annotated full texts, study guides, reference

materials written by Shaw scholars, an annotated bibliography, and concordances and a search engine. A special feature for ISS

members includes an interactive collaborative platform on ORION O3 at complete with a “Fantasia for

Shaw Scholars.” Among the many features are individual blogs for Shaw scholars,  Shaw Wiki, and a Shaw Forum.


Facebook & Twitter: Follow the International Shaw Society on Twitter and receive ISS updates on Facebook (click “Like” on the

International Shaw Society page; the more “Likes,” the more notice everywhere). Write to Jean Reynolds at

for assistance.  Google Alerts: Sign up for your own Google Alerts on Shaw by going to


ISS Homepage: There are hundreds of pages of information about Shaw and his works on or linked from,

many of them continuously updated by the Webmaster, R. F. Dietrich.


Shaw Bibliography: Al Carpenter’s invaluable and regularly updated Bernard Shaw Bibliography is at


PASSINGS of The Methuselahs & Other ISS Members (alphabetical):     

            Sidney P. Albert, professor emeritus of Philosophy at Cal State LA and specialist on Major Barbara, died on 9 January 2013.

He was 98. An extensive collection of Shaviana, the Sidney P. Albert-Bernard Shaw Collection, is now housed at Brown University,

and a second collection of his waits for placement.

            Jacques Barzun, distinguished historian, essayist, cultural gadfly and educator who helped establish the modern discipline

of cultural history.  Died 25 October of 2012 at the age of 104.

            Eddy Feldman, at 93, died on July 1, 2013.  An attorney, Eddy, along with Sid Albert, was a pioneer in Shaw Studies when

they founded the California Shaw Society back in the 1960s. Editor of The California Shavian, he also published George Bernard Shaw:

Friend of Libraries in 1964. Greatly interested in civic art, he was president of the LA Music Guild for 10 years, president and counsel

of the Los Angeles Library Association in 1972, and drafted legislation creating the first California Arts Council.

            Stanley Kauffmann, film and theater critic with The New Republic and an avid Shavian, died on 9 October 2013. He was 97. 

            Richard Lee, a doctor in Buffalo as well as a University of Buffalo professor of medicine, served on the Board of Governors

of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  He died on May 7 and was 75.

            Lynn Marie Ruse, daughter of Lori Ruse-Dietrich and Richard Dietrich, died on August 31, 2013, at the age of 48.   She taught

yoga at the Yale Club and elsewhere and dance (in a Lincoln Center “Artists in the Schools” program) in New York and appeared in

productions of her own dance company, Freefall.    

            Isidor Saslav, violinist and musicologist, died on 26 January 2013. He was 74. Beginning in 1960, Isidor amassed an

impressive collection of over 8,000 items of Shaviana that remain in his home in Overton, Texas.




                                            ISS TRAVEL GRANT WINNERS FOR 2013


Winners of Bryden Scholarships and ISS Travel Grants at the Summer Shaw Symposium at the Shaw Festival were Shoko

Matsumoto of Royal Holloway University of London and Manisha Anand Patil of the Y.C. Institute of  Science, Satara,

Maharashtra India.


Winners of ISS Travel Grants at the Summer Shaw Symposium were Charles Del Dotto of Duke University, Courtney Maika

of Nipissing University (Ontario), Matthew Yde of Ohio State University.


Patil, Maika, Yde, Del Dotto, & Matsumoto receiving awards from Michael O’Hara

Grant Winners 2013 Symposium (25%)



Winners of ISS Travel Grants to the “Shaw at Home” Conference at Ayot St. Lawrence and London were Soudabeh Ananisarab

of the U. of Nottingham, Mark Lepitre of the Université Laval, Gustavo A. Rodriguez Martin of the Universidad de Extremadura,

& Biljana Vlaskovic of the U. of Kragujevac, Serbia. Below, in the photo on the left, is Mark Lepitre, and on the right,

Soudabeh Ananisarab, and in the middle photo are Biljana Vlaskovic and Gustavo

Rodriguez Martin, with Gautam Sengupta from Kolkata on the left.  Apologies for blurriness.


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                               PHOTO GALLERY FOR “SHAW AT HOME” CONFERENCE


          Anyone who’s been to Ayot St Lawrence, the tiny village just north of London in Hertfordshire where Bernard and Charlotte

Shaw lived for 44 years (1905 on) and tried to hide from their celebrity, knows that holding an international conference there

would be an impossible undertaking.  Accessible only by single-lane roads, with high hedges on both sides that one has to dive into

if another car approaches from the opposite direction and with ladies on horseback frequently appearing out of nowhere, this

village is not designed for conferences. With nothing but a few rooms available at the only business in town, the Brocket Arms,

also the only restaurant/pub in town, most conference participants would have to board at hotels and B&Bs in the surrounding

towns of Welwyn, Hatfield, St. Albans, etc., which would involve considerable busing, and meals would have to be catered to some

sort of large tent or marquee.   Not possible.  

          And yet it happened, thanks to the legerdemain and hard work of Sue Morgan, House Steward at Shaw’s Corner, and her army

of able assistants and volunteers.  And it happened with spectacular aplomb and success, with speaker after speaker and event after

event rising to the occasion.  But no wonder that just a week later it seemed like a dream.   Did it really happen? 

          Below are photos that testify that it did by showing some of the components of the village and the conference.   Apologies for

gaps or leaps in the sequence of events and for the personal focus. We were mostly too busy enjoying the thing to take photos. 

We especially regret not getting good photos of most of the featured speakers (although photos of most of them are still available

at and below ).


                                                                     FEATURED SPEAKERS

        Michael Holroyd

Polly Toynbee

Michael Billington

Stanley Weintraub

Stan at the Conference

Holroyd, Michael crCaroline Forbes



Photo by Caroline Forbes


Photo by John Thaxter




         Richard Digby Day                Toni Kanal Green                     Sylvia Syms



Sylvia Syms crop





Barbarians-er-Shavians at the Gate!


Sue Morgan, House Steward at Shaw’s Corner, greeted us

at the door, but,  alas, the film we made of that seems

not to work!   But here’s  Shaw’s Corner from the back:'


                                                                   The spirit in the house was strangely quiet:



Below, the Brocket Arms, whose door Shaw occasionally

did darken, but of course not to drink.  Unlikely that there was a

“Curry Night” in Shaw’s day.

Brocket Arms-crop


War Horses at the Brocket Arms caught Laura O’Hara’s attention:

War Horses at Brocket Arms

            Don’t know why the pub is getting so much play here.



You can see why the Irish call this a “snug.”

Imagine a roaring fire and a warm beer on a cold evening.


The Palladian Church in Ayot St Lawrence

getting dolled up for a Shaw conference.

Palladian Church in Ayot-crop


Oh, get us to the church, just get us to the church, on time!

GARM-Empty Church


On the walls of the church are Shaw’s photos

held by the LSE,expertly arranged and glossed

by Alice McEwan!




Here’s one of Shaw’s “selfies,” not well reproduced

by our smartphone:


One last check.  Chairs must be moved to

the center to create aisles by the photos on the walls:



Three who should get special credit for all

they did for the conference were, in the

photo on the left, the two Alices: Alice

McEwan on the left, who saw to Shaw’s photos,

and Alice Wagstaff-Sherwood , who seemed to

be flying around everywhere, mostly assisting

Lizzie Dunford, on the right of the photo to the

right.   What a dynamic trio!!  All under the

supervision of General Sue Morgan, of course,

who had an army of volunteers from the

villages around as well.


Two AlicesAlice & Lizzie

Speakers get there early:

Al Carpenter, Katharine Cockin, and Jay Tunney



Alice McEwan, Alan Johnson, Michelle Paull, and Elizabeth Dunford



Wonder if the church is this full on Sunday?



Troubled Spirits in the Church!  Are those horns on the heads? 

Greece’s Anna Papanikolaou ignores them.



In addition to all the wonderful speakers,

we had a musical evening in remembrance of Isidor

Saslav, with Brigitte Bogar singing some of the songs

Shaw heard his mother sing, Christopher Innes

 reading from Shaw’s music criticism,




and with piano and violin accompaniment and

recitals by Isidor’s good London friends, Elizabeth

and Lucy Waterhouse.




Intermission at the concert



Before the concert:  Christopher Innes, Michael O’Hara,

Brigitte Bogar, and Elizabeth Waterhouse on the right,

wait for Elizabeth’s violinist daughter Lucy.



The marquee:  



Dining in the marquee:







The usual suspects, Dick & Leonard, with Sue Morgan,

and next to Sue, Pat Redman who is the Property

Operations Manager for Shaw's Corner, and between

Leonard and Dick is Ben Cowell, the East of England

Regional Director for the National Trust.




Shaw’s bed with a woman in it, finally!  Who is actually napping!!



             Pubbing with Alice, Julie, and Lori


            Sue Morgan and Lizzie Dunford

          take a well-deserved bow outside

            of Shaw’s Corner.

Sue & Liz Take a Bow


This is what the audience looked like before the rain fell

 on the just and on Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco:




Shaw’s backyard does not have a roof, and so

Gustavo and Michel respond accordingly, as

they await the start of GENEVA.  




              The show did go on, as always in Shaw Bizness:




After the show, the critics met:




  A toast to Laura O’Hara, for emergency nursing duties rendered.




    The Brocket Arms crew, waiting for the bus to London,

with tour guide Michael Sargent (the tall gent near the middle).




The day in London was noteworthy for many Shavian stops, starting

with the London School of Economics, for one thing to listen to Polly

Toynbee lamenting the loss of the Shavian force in politics.  She was

introduced by the redoubtable Barbara Smoker, on the left,

who was alive when Shaw was.  Anyone have a better photo of this?





And a visit to RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,

which Shaw helped found and occasionally visited, giving

acting lessons where needed.  For example, he once got down

on all fours to demonstrate to Barry Morse how Androcles’

lion would react with a thorn in its paw.

There’s a GBS Theatre in the basement.




                Prior to busing to Ealing to see a production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession by the Questor’s Community Theatre,

                             there was a stop at 29 Fitzroy Square, where Shaw lived with his mother prior to his marriage. 

                                                            The gang’s all there, or mostly.   It was like herding cats!

A better view of the day in London is provided by the Shaw Society UK at ,

which also includes historical notes significant to Shaw’s life in London.


Shavians at Shaw's House London-crop


                      POTISS consults the Spirit in Shaw’s hut,

              wondering how he’s going to top this conference.



                    Apologies for all that got left out, which was a lot!


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