|Patricia Kalember to Play Gloria Steinem in Gloria: A Life|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:28 am EST 01/10/19|
|Stage, film and television star
joins the cast of Gloria: A Life
as Gloria Steinem on January 29, 2019
Written by Emily Mann
Directed by Diane Paulus
At the Daryl Roth Theatre through March 31, 2019
Tony Award-winning producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart, Indecent) announced today that Patricia Kalember (“Power,” “Sisters,” “thirtysomething”) will put on the aviator glasses of iconic activist Gloria Steinem in GLORIA: A Life beginning Tuesday, January 29. Christine Lahti will play her final performance as Gloria on January 27.
“As a lifelong feminist, Gloria Steinem has been an inspiration to me for years. Her activism and sharp intelligence are needed now, more than ever,” said Ms. Kalember. “I’m honored to be joining this inventive production and amazing cast.”
Patricia Kalember was last seen on the New York stage in Broadway’s Don’t Dress for Dinner. Often recognized for her work as a series regular on “Sisters,” “thirtysomething” and “Kay O’Brien,” Patricia can be seen on television in “Power,” “The Tick,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Madam Secretary.” Her many films include Run All Night, Limitless, The Company Men, Rabbit Hole, The Girl in the Park, Signs, Path to War and Jacob’s Ladder. Other stage credits have included Losing Louie and The Nerd on Broadway, as well as The Foreigner, for which she received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays, Sea of Tranquility at Atlantic Theater Company, Y2K at Manhattan Theatre Club, From Above at Playwrights Horizons, The Vagina Monologues at Westside Arts, and Loose Knit at Second Stage. Regionally she has appeared in The White Card at A.R.T., in productions at Westport Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Among her other television credits are “Olive Kittridge,” “Allegiance,” “Gossip Girl,” and “White Collar.”
GLORIA: A Life is written by Tony Award-nominee Emily Mann (Having Our Say) and is directed by visionary Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin). The production opened October 18, 2019 at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square (101 East 15th Street at Park Avenue South) and has been extended through March 31, 2019.
GLORIA: A Life brings us a richly detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. Gloria’s life’s work and philosophy on the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change offer us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can. The first act is her story; the second is our own.
Act One focuses on Ms. Steinem’s personal life and activism, and Act Two is a Talking Circle in which the audience is invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own.
Here’s what critics are saying about the production:
“Gloria: A Life might be a visit to an old friend, a love letter, an affirmation, a manifesto, an encouragement, or an experience of catalyzation or catharsis. It’s all these things.”
New York Magazine
“An act of communion and consciousness-raising, Gloria: A Life is an inspiring survey of the feminist icon’s life. Book your tickets!”
The Daily Beast
“The show’s real power is the ability to give voice to the deep-seated feelings of powerlessness and frustration and exploitation that many women feel — and to channel those feelings into meaningful action.”
“Gloria Steinem is experiencing a pop cultural renaissance these days. Gloria: A Life is a powerful stage experience that’s one part theater, one part consciousness-raising session.”
The production honors Gloria Steinem’s gender equality activism with a company comprised almost entirely of women – cast, creative team, designers, production staff, and producers. Women are represented across every department of the production and occupy nearly all of the highest positions throughout the company. Even in a theatre industry often regarded as an equality leader in the entertainment world, this extraordinary group of women is unprecedented either on or Off-Broadway.
The cast also features Brittany K. Allen (True Right, Minor Character), Joanna Glushak (War Paint, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder), Fedna Jacquet (Ain’t No Mo, The Tempest/ Henry V), Francesca Fernandez McKenzie (As You Like It, Othello, Our Lady of 121st Street), Patrena Murray (Venus, The Death of the Last Black Man), DeLanna Studi (And So We Walked, August: Osage County), and Liz Wisan (Other Desert Cities, These Paper Bullets!).
The creative team features scenic design by Amy Rubin, costume design by Jessica Jahn, lighting design by Jeanette Yew, sound design by Rob Kaplowitz and Andrea Allmond, and projection design by Elaine J. McCarthy.
Casting director is Tara Rubin, CSA. Production manager is Chris Luner. Production stage manager is Ana M. Garcia. Act 2 coordinator is Laura Fischer. Creative consultants are Amy Richards and Kathy Najimy.
Joining Ms. Roth on the producing team are Jenna Segal, Elizabeth Armstrong, Sally Horchow, Janet Kagen and Margie Weingarten, and Alix L.L. Ritchie.
Tickets are now on sale through March 31, 2019 at www.gloriatheplay.com. Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.
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