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March 14, 2005

 

Catholic University to Stage “Pygmalion”

Play Inspired the Musical “My Fair Lady”

 

Catholic University will stage the classic George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” a commentary about the absurdities of social status in Edwardian England, from March 17 through March 20.

 

The performances are at 7:30 p.m., from Thursday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in Callan Theatre. David Binet is the director.

 

The CUA production features Professor Henry Higgins taking on the rigid class system of early-20th-century England in an elaborate con. Stumbling upon Eliza Doolittle, a common flower girl, Higgins makes a bet with a friend that he can iron out Eliza’s cockney accent and guttersnipe ways and present her as a lady to fashionable society. However, he is unprepared for the independent streak and self-esteem he instills in her.

 

According to Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor who succeeded in bringing his marble statue of a woman to life. George Bernard Shaw used this legend as the title for his London stage play, which was made into a 1938 movie of the same title, and whose story was the basis of the 1964 musical “My Fair Lady.”

 

Ticket prices are $12, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For more information, contact the Department of Drama at 202-319-4000 or visit http://drama.cua.edu.

 

MEDIA: To cover the production, contact Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

 

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