Gloria: A Life Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway

Opening Night Photos   Gloria: A Life Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway
Tony winner Diane Paulus directs Emily Mann’s new play, which opened October 18.
Emily Mann, Diane Paulus, Christine Lahti, Gloria Steinem, and Daryl Roth Walter McBride

The world premiere of Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life officially opened October 18 following previews that began October 2 at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square.

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Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti stars as Gloria Steinem. She is joined by DeLanna Studi (And So We Walked, August: Osage County) as Wilma Mankiller and others, Patrena Murray (Venus, The Death of the Last Black Man) as Florynce Kennedy and others, Joanna Glushak (War Paint, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Bella Abzug and others, with additional roles played by Liz Wisan (Other Desert Cities, These Paper Bullets!), Francesca Fernandez McKenzie (As You Like It, Othello, Our Lady of 121st Street), Fedna Jacquet (Ain’t No Mo, The Tempest/Henry V), and Brittany K. Allen (True Right, Minor Character).

Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) directs the new play that presents Steinem as a symbol of past, present, and future change. The production features an all-female creative and producing team, the latter led by Tony winner Daryl Roth.

Flip through photos of the opening night below:

The first act focuses on Steinem's personal life and activism, and the second serves as a "Talking Circle," in which the audience is invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own.


The production also features scenic design by Amy Rubin, costume design by Jessica Jahn, lighting design by Jeanette Yew, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and Andrea Allmond, and projection design by Elaine J. McCarthy. The casting director is Tara Rubin, CSA, the production manager is Mary Duffe, the production stage manager is Ana M. Garcia, the Act 2 coordinator is Laura Fischer, and the creative consultants are Amy Richards and Kathy Najimy.

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