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Research, Resources, and Selection

In 2003, Irene Lewis asked me to design a production of Shaw’s Misalliance at Center Stage. I did not know this particular work at the time, but I loved Shaw and was excited about working on this production. In our early meetings, we determined that it would be wonderful if we could hear G. B. Shaw’s voice (knowing that recordings had been made and that Shaw loved to hear himself speak) as a preshow cue. Our intent was to offer the audience a little peek into the character of this great writer and orator. And so I went about an investigation into a source for these recordings. I tried the usual suspects: online music retailers, libraries, and dramaturgical friends, and managed to find some promising clips. ...

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