“Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s whip-smart satire of fear and loathing”

The New York Times

“Shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest”
Chicago Tribune

Gloria . . . is to the New York publishing business what David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow is to the Hollywood film industry”

The New York Times

“A sharply observed satirical comedy . . . a springboard for the playwright to examine the ramifications of our exploitative, media-saturated age”
The Hollywood Reporter


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by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting 

Feb 13–Apr 12, 2020
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

Gloria runs 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, this scalpel-sharp dark comedy explores how we cope with trauma and the tales we tell each other to escape. In the dog-eat-dog office of a New York magazine, twentysomethings Ani, Dean, and Kendra compete for a book deal to kick-start their careers. But after tragedy strikes, which one of them will write the story?

MacArthur “Genius” winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate, Everybody) reunites with Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting, who directed the playwright’s An Octoroon (2017) at Berkeley Rep. Shocking, satirical, and viciously funny, Gloria is a thought-provoking work from a powerhouse playwright. 


This production contains strong language, loud noises, gun shots on and off stage, violence, and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.


Open caption performance: Saturday, Mar 14 at 2 p.m.
Support for Open Captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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