Gloria

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
Directed by Beth Wood.

March 23, 2019 - April 13, 2019

7:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, Gordon Square Theatre. Previews March 23 & 28. Opening Night is March 29.

A group of bickering editorial assistants at a prestigious magazine are chasing the dream: a book deal before they turn 30 and a shot at fame when an ordinary day at the office becomes a living nightmare. The stakes for who gets the story skyrocket when crisis offers an opportunity for a career-defining moment. Inside America’s media machine, who has the right to tell whose story? Simultaneously funny and shocking, Gloria is an adrenaline rush of a show skewering the opportunistic culture of modern media.

Featuring: Isaiah Betts, Sally Groth*, Keith Kornajcik, Michael Prosen, Sarah Maria Yannie, Evangeline Zhiyi Han

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Gordon Square Theatre is ADA compliant featuring a ramped entrance and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

Previews: $15
Standard Price (Monday, Thursday): $15
Standard Price (Friday, Saturday): $35

CPT'S PRODUCTION OF GLORIA INCLUDES SUDDEN, LOUD GUNSHOTS, AND GRAPHIC VIOLENCE. FOR ADDITIONAL CONTEXT ABOUT THE PRODUCTION, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CLICK THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO READ THE CONTENT WARNING. NOTE: INCLUDES SPOILERS. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE WITH QUESTIONS AT 216.631.2727 x501 OR boxoffice@cptonline.org.


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Raymond Bobgan – Producer
Benjamin Gantose – Assistant Director, Lighting & Scenic Designer
Maes Lunaria M. – Stage Manager
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume & SFX Designer
Kevin Inouye – Fight Designer
James Kosmatka – Sound Designer
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ABOUT the PLAYWRIGHT: BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ plays include Neighbors (Public Theater), Appropriate (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre), An Octoroon (Soho Rep), and War. He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his work has been seen at the Vineyard Theatre, the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, Company One in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the United Kingdom. He has taught at New York University and Queens University of Charlotte, and his honors include the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He holds an MA in Performance Studies.


ABOUT the DIRECTOR: BETH WOOD

Beth Wood joined the CPT staff in 2007. A director, actress, administrator, designer, educator, and theatre technician, she holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from John Carroll University. As a director of adventurous scripted work, she has been honored as a director of superior achievement by the Cleveland Critics Circle in 2016, 2015, and 2013, and has directed 16 productions, including seven world premieres and seven regional premieres, during her ten-year tenure at CPT. In 2017, Beth was selected as a finalist for the National Directing Fellowship. In addition to her directing work, Beth supports four New Play Development series that invest in outside-the-mainstream work and the artistic growth of Northeast Ohio creators. In 2016, she was awarded a TCG Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant to research long-term new play development models across the country. Beth also produces large-scale community events for CPT, including Station Hope – an annual community event featuring over 200 artists performing original work inspired by issues of freedom and justice at Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site. Last February, Beth traveled to Iowa to direct the World Premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. Her CPT directing credits include Lines in the Dust by Nikkole Salter, the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, Barbecue and Antebellum by Robert O’Hara, FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang, and BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-creates and directs original plays based on a comedic singing duo, The Loush Sisters, for Playhouse Square in 2011 and CPT in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Beth’s CPT acting credits include Hedwig and the Angry InchMrs. Bob Cratchet’s Wild Christmas BingeA Bright Room Called DayFefu and Her FriendsThe Rocky Horror ShowOur TownPulpMatt & BenAnna Bella Eema (co-production with Theater Ninjas, now Maelstrom Collaborative Arts), Open Mind FirmamentDon’t Call Me FatAkaruiStanding on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage PlaysEarth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle)The Loush Sisters DO the NutcrackerThe Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great ExpectationsThe Loush Sisters get HARD for the Holidays (Yippie-Kai-Yay Mother-Loushers), and Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. A former Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater, Beth has taught a variety of theatre and acting courses throughout Northeast Ohio, and has served as the Technical Director for John Carroll University, Lakeland Theatre, and Stagecrafters.


 

“When you’re striving to be your best, what masks do you wear and how does that change you to the core? How much of yourself will you sacrifice to get ahead? Gloria explores the deep repercussions of ambition.”

-Beth Wood, CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production and Director of Gloria


A short video about Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“One of the most incredible and important things about theatre, and all art really, is that we’re creating a safe space for all feelings, but especially ugly feelings. I think we can’t deny that we are human beings who feel fear, who feel disgust, and I think that the theatre’s supposed to be the space to rehearse those feelings. Feel yourself feeling those feelings, and then make peace with them and understand what they’re about… all I want is for people to leave [the theatre] with something to mull over. And leave with the bravery to actually try to connect, try to understand, to see each other in each other.”

-Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Playwright of Gloria

In 2016, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was the recipient of a MacArthur Award, commonly referred to as a “genius grant.” Click here or on the image above to see the full MacArthur Foundation video about Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.


“The way Branden Jacobs-Jenkins uses storytelling to dig in and ask questions of our society, and call society out, is really brilliant, powerful, and palpable.”

-Beth Wood, CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production and Director of Gloria


Identity, authorship, and ambition: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins talks Gloria

“I was interested in the ways that [ambition] affects the compromises you make with yourself and your morals. I was also interested in what a writer’s ambition is, because I was writing about a group of people whose job is to basically transcribe life and experience and decide what’s newsworthy or not newsworthy, what lives have value or not, determined by what happens in them.”

Just before Gloria had its World Premiere at NYC’s Vineyard Theatre in 2015, Branden sat down with Miriam Weiner, Vineyard Theatre Literary Associate, to discuss the play. Click here or on the image to read the full interview.


 


CLICK HERE FOR GLORIA CONTENT WARNING. NOTE: INCLUDES SPOILERS.