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"Gloria: A Life" Comes to The New Jewish Theatre June 1-18
By: New Jewish Theatre
Sharon Hunter, the director, says she is honored to lead the production. "As our country continues to struggle with painful questions about race relations, reproductive rights and gender equality, Gloria's leadership continues to inspire many to take up this quest for freedom," Hunter said. "My hope is that our production will encourage men and women to rally their collective voices and carry on her work."
In a unique and interactive take, Act II of this play is actually a "talking circle." After telling Gloria's story in Act I, the actors will begin a discussion. At several performances, a local "Guest Responder" will launch the talking circle by sharing their own story of breaking barriers or simply responding to the play. This gives an opportunity for the audience to learn from each other, as, according to Gloria this "is the way we discover we're not crazy and we're not alone."
The New Jewish Theatre's cast and crew will consist entirely of women. Led by director Hunter, this team includes Fallon Podrazik (Scenic Design), Michele Friedman Siler (Costume), Denisse Chavez (Lighting Design), Amanda Werre (Sound Design) and Katie Orr (Props).
Kirsten De Broux, returning to the New Jewish Theatre stage after appearing in 2022's Laughter of the 23rd Floor, will lead as Gloria Steinem. She is joined by an ensemble of six actors: Kayla Ailee Bush, Sarah Gene Dowling, Chrissie Watkins, Lizi Watt, Summer Baer (Brighton Beach Memoirs, 2019), and Carmen Cecilia Retzer. They play a wide variety of roles, including fellow activists and icons Flo Kennedy, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Bella Abzug, Wilma Mankiller, and many more.
Don't miss Gloria: A Life at the J's Wool Studio Theatre, running June 1 to June 18. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Individual tickets are $27- $58. Tickets are available by phone at 314.442.3283 or online at newjewishtheatre.org (https://jccstl.com/
The New Jewish Theatre is dedicated to exploring Jewish themes and celebrating Jewish writers while examining the full range of the human experience. We present universal work through a Jewish lens, using our productions to enrich lives, promote inclusivity, and build community.
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