What Did You Expect?, the second play in Richard Nelson’s three-play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, officially opens September 16 at the Public Theater.
Performances began September 10 for an extended engagement now scheduled to play through October 9.
Tony-winning writer and director Nelson (The Apple Family Plays) returns to The Public Theater following the success of the first play in the trilogy, Hungry. Each play follows the Gabriel family throughout the course of the presidential election. In What Did You Expect, we are transported back to the family kitchen for an evening of history, money, politics, family, art and culture.
The cast for the entire trilogy is made up of Meg Gibson, Lynn Hawley, Roberta Maxwell, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and Amy Warren.
The final play in the cycle, Women of a Certain Age, will begin performances November 4, with an official opening on Election Day, November 8. In the finale, the family awaits the results of the important day.
The Public Theater announced that all three plays will run in repertory for marathon performances on December 10, 11, 14, 17 and 18.
All three plays in The Gabriels feature scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.
For more information about tickets and performance schedules, visit publictheater.org.
(Updated September 16, 2016)