2019-2020 Reading Series

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2019-2020 Reading Series

Spring 2020

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play (AN OCTOROON, APPROPRIATE) and winner of The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, makes his Vineyard mainstage debut with GLORIA. This funny, trenchant and powerful new play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious  Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. Developed at The Vineyard during Branden’s residency, GLORIA is directed by Evan Cabnet (OUTSIDE PEOPLE).
This production is supported in part by generous grants from the John and Robyn Horn Foundation, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Awards

Nominations
Pulitzer Prize Finalist - Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Lucille Lortel Award - Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Outstanding Play
Lucille Lortel Award - Jeanine Serralles, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award - Evan Cabnet, Outstanding Director of a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award - Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Drama League Award - Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Off Broadway Alliance Awards - Best New Play

CRITICS' PICK!

"A WHIP-SMART SATIRE! A SHARP-TOOTHED COMIC DRAMA WITH A WHOLE LOT TO SAY! ‘Gloria’ is to the New York publishing business what David Mamet’s ‘Speed-the-Plow’ is to the Hollywood film industry." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

CRITICS' PICK!

"ALL HAIL ‘GLORIA’! One of the year’s best plays." - Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

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"PROVOCATIVE, SHARPLY OBSERVANT AND PLAYFULLY THEATRICAL! This thought-provoking work continues its talented young writer's winning streak. " - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

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"POWERFUL AND CUNNINGLY STRUCTURED! After the shock, it’s the human touches that linger." - Adam Feldman, Time Out

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"A TIGHT, TWISTY AND IMPECCABLY ACTED DRAMA! Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright on a roll. Director Evan Cabnet has assembled a terrific cast. The dialogue tolls like a tuning fork." - Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

CRITICS' PICK!

"TERRIBLY FUNNY! A smart cast applies cutting wit." - Marilyn Stasio, Variety

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"THIS IS AN EXCITING, DISTURBING, AND TRULY MAJOR PIECE THAT BREATHES FRESH AIR INTO A TIME-TESTED SUBJECT. AND IT WILL SHAKE AUDIENCES TO THEIR CORES. Delivered by the astonishing cast of six, Gloria sings with the vitality of youth." - David Gordon, TheaterMania

"TERRIFIC, INTRIGUINGLY STRUCTURED AND SUSPENSEFUL! DON'T MISS THIS!

Delivered by the astonishing cast of six, Gloria sings with the vitality of youth." - Elyse Sommer, CurtainUp

"DAZZLINGLY DIFFERENT! A DYNAMITE NEW PLAY! ‘GLORIA’ IS JUST PLAIN GLORIOUS."

- Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway