By Douglas Post
Based on the book The Prizefighter and the Playwright
By Jay R. Tunney
Directed by Nick Sandys
Produced by Charles Grippo
Shaw Vs. Tunney concerns the deep and enduring relationship that developed between George Bernard Shaw, the celebrated Irish playwright, and Gene Tunney, the American world heavyweight boxing champion. It begins with their first meeting in London and culminates on an island in the Adriatic where Gene and Polly Lauder Tunney spent their honeymoon. It is there that Shaw and the Tunneys experience an extraordinary event that changes their lives forever.
Featuring RICHARD HENZEL (Shaw), SAM PEARSON (Gene), MADDIE SACHS (Polly)
"A Knockout event In Two Acts...[Henzel's] is a standout performance that will be remembered for years to come...Everyone will find this story...compelling, often funny, and ultimately heartwarming."
--Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review
"Fascinating new play by Douglas Post...challenging , thick work of great research and layered emotion...best work...from Richard Henzel as Shaw."
---Ronald Keaton, PicksInSix
"A direct hit in staging, lighting, and performance...You're likely to go all rounds immersed in this story that will keep you on the ropes."
--Paul Lisnek, "Behind the Curtain," WGN Radio.com
"Delivers a keenly felt portrait of a seemingly unlikely friendship between two men...who both saw in each other a vision of what a different path in life might have looked like, and loved and respected each other deeply."
---Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader
"Fine acting with a fascinating story...Delivers on all levels with sharp, insightful dialogue and insights."
---Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review
Before Polly (Maddie Sachs) is stricken with a mysterious illness that brings her near death on her honeymoon, she and her husband Gene (Sam Pearson) display their love for each other.
(Photo: La Penna Photography)