Gamm Theatre Presents GLORIA
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) continues Season 34 (2018-2019) with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria, an alarming and bitingly funny drama by one of the most celebrated young playwrights in American theater. Jacobs-Jenkins' scathing satire of the media and the public's hunger for sensational news stories was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. His last two plays, An Octoroon and Appropriate, took on race and bigotry and won him the Obie for Best American Play for both scripts. Jacobs-Jenkins "has established himself as one of the country's most original and unsettling dramatists," declared the New York Times.
Gloria runs from November 21-December 16 at The Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI. Tickets are $44, $52 and $60; preview performances (November 21-25) are $33. Call 401-723-4266 or order online at gammtheatre.org.
Rachel Walshe (As You Like It, Grizzly Mama) directs a cast of six, including several Gamm newcomers, playing multiple roles as over-caffeinated, hyper-ambitious, backstabbing interns and assistants, and self-interested editors in the hierarchy of a Manhattan magazine. Jacobs-Jenkins' constantly shifting script is both humorous and disturbing, taking audiences on an unpredictable journey.
"Gloria is a shocking, 21st-century office tragi-comedy. It's about work, career, the perils of ambition, and the stories we invent about ourselves to get through the day," says Gamm Artistic Director Tony Estrella. "Despite being more 'connected' than ever, we are more isolated from one another than we have ever been. This paradox and its potentially terrifying consequences lie at the heart of Jacobs-Jenkins masterpiece. Hilarious, profound and unsettling, Gloria is a true play for today."
This razor-sharp comic drama follows a group of ruthless editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine-all vying for their bosses' jobs and a book deal before they turn 30. When a mundane workday of cubicles and Starbucks becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their story become higher than ever. Obie Award-winner Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate, An Octoroon) makes another theatrical splash with this spot-on, bitingly funny commentary on American society, personal tragedy, and the ever-ravenous media machine. Sharp, witty and inventive and hinges on a coup it would be criminal to reveal. The Guardian Keeps us constantly guessing where it's headed, Gloria is a work not to be easily forgotten. Hollywood Reporter Shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest.