Gloria Steinem Bio-Play By Emily Mann Headed For Off-Broadway Run

Gloria Steinem

Gloria: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem written by Emily Mann and directed by Diane Paulus, will debut off-Broadway this fall at the Daryl Roth Theater. Roth is producing.

Previews will begin previews October 2, with an official opening October 18.

The play, which will have all-female creative and producing teams, will be structured in two acts: The first being a more traditional six-character play (other women depicted in the play include Bella Abzug and Flo Kennedy), while the second half will be what Steinem describes as a “talking circle” between the audience and a moderator.

Casting has not been announced.

“We feel it’s incredibly important to be telling this story at this moment in time,” Roth said. “Gloria’s life and all she has accomplished brings us hope, reminding us how far we’ve come, and inspiring a new generation to go further.”

Said Steinem: “This exciting and unique production offers a new form of communicating through theater.”

Mann is best known as the writer of Having Our Say, both for Broadway and for a CBS TV-film in 1999. Roth’s credits include Kinky Boots and August: Osage County, among others, while Paulus directed the current Broadway hit Waitress.

Steinem is also the subject of an unrelated bio-project: Julie Taymor’s film My Life on the Road, written by Sarah Ruhl and starring Julianne Moore.

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