Gloriaby Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by BRYN BOICE
When crisis explodes during a seemingly ordinary day at the Manhattan publishing office, ambition trumps compassion as a group of editorial assistants turn catastrophe into personal gain. The stakes for who gets to tell their own story are higher than ever. Gloria will delight you with it’s biting wit even in its most cynical moments of darkness and shocking truth.
The critically acclaimed Pulitzer Prize finalist play, Gloria, written by the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Bryn Boice, will run June 3 through June 26. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm indoors at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester MA.
Meet the Creative Team
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.
Bryn Boice is an award-winning director, educator, actor, and producer. Recent area credits include: The Sound Inside (Speakeasy Stage); The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Central Square); Admissions (The Gamm Theatre); The Children (Speakeasy Stage); Universe Rushing Apart: Blue Kettle & Here We Go – two Caryl Churchill one-acts (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director–Large Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company/CSC; and an all-female production of Julius Caesar for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Bryn is the Associate Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Director of the CSC Academy. She teaches Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Acting III, Directing I, et al, at Salem State University. MFA Acting (FSU’s Asolo Conservatory) and MFA Directing (Boston University).
Esme Allen* (Gloria/Nan) is a Boston-based actor, educator, and designer. Boston-area acting credits include Hurricane Diane (Huntington Theatre). Gloucester Blue, North Shore Fish (Gloucester Stage Company); Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard, Middletown and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Muckrakers, Elephant Man and Amadeus (New Repertory Theatre), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Greater Boston Stage Co.); Dog Paddle (Bridge Repertory Theater) and Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Television credits include The Good Wife (CBS). She earned her MFA in Acting from The California Institute of the Arts. She is a Resident Acting Company Member with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and teaches at Salem State University.
Michael Broadhurst* (Lorin) is very excited to be making his Gloucester Stage Company debut! NYC credits include: Life Sucks (Wheelhouse Theatre Co.), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Animus Theatre), and Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages). Regional productions include: Treasure Island (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The General From America, Twelfth Night, The Book of Will, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, and So Please You (all with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Mike is a founding member of The Living Room Theatre Company in VT where he has appeared in many productions, including The Cherry Orchard, Exit The King, and The Seagull, among others. Film: The Holdovers (dir. Alexander Payne), Minyan (Dir. Eric Steele), as well as many commercials. Love to R!
Ann Dang (Kendra/Jenna) is a NYC-based bilingual Chinese actor. Favorite theatre credits include Williamstown, Hangar Theatre, NY Fringe Festival, The Performa Biennial, The Tank NYC, and Columbia MFA. BFA: NYU Tisch / Stella Adler Studio. Ann is thrilled to be making her Gloucester Stage debut! ann-dang.com
Teresa Langford* (Ani/Sasha/Callie) is a Boston native & thrilled to be returning to Gloucester Stage after she was last seen as Mayella/Mrs. Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird! Off-Broadway: Drama Desk-nominated, Beardo (Pipeline Theatre Company), Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr/New Saloon). Regional Theatre: Are You There? (44th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays), The Sensational (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Everything That’s Beautiful (Human Race Theater). Education: BFA in Acting (Boston University), Classical Acting Certificate (LAMDA), 2019-2020 Acting Apprentice (Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville). She is eternally grateful for families, given & chosen. For more information, visit teresalangford.com!
Jordan Pearson* (Miles/Shawn/Rashaad) is ecstatic to be back performing at the Gloucester Stage Company! He is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Contemporary Theatre. Jordan’s past theatre credits at the Conservatory include; Macbeth (Macbeth), Jim Conley (Parade), and Midas (Metamorphosis). His professional credits include; Seared (Gloucester Stage Company), TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (Speakeasy Stage Company), Insulted Belarus (Arlekin Players Theatre), and Akeelah and the Bee (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Jordan thanks his teachers, mentors, friends, and family for their never-ending support!
Michael Wood* (Dean/Devin) is thrilled to return to New England to make his Gloucester Stage debut. A Maine native, Michael currently lives in Washington DC. BOSTON CREDITS: Gold Dust Orphans: Whizzin’, All About Christmas Eve, The Phantom of the Oprah, Peter Pansy. Wheelock Family Theatre: Peter Pan, The Phantom Tollbooth. Lyric Stage: Follies. Charles Playhouse: Shear Madness. DC CREDITS: Ford’s Theatre: Shout, Sister, Shout! (upcoming). Olney Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain, Miss You Like Hell, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Dance Nation (upcoming). Imagination Stage: Cinderella. Rep Stage: The 39 Steps. Her Majesty & Sons: Twelfth Night. ACA/Shakespeare Theatre: Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. MAINE CREDITS: Good Theater: Act One, Mrs. Mannerly, Shear Madness. Dramatic Rep Co.: [title of show]. Michael is a company member of OnlyMakeBelieve.org. EDUCATION: M.F.A. Classical Acting from Shakespeare Theatre/GW; B.A. from Bowdoin College; Ecole Jacques Lecoq. TheMichaelWood.com. Le point fixe n’existe pas!
*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Emerson College. Recent costume design credits include Be Here Now, Thanksgiving Play at Lyric Stage, 39 Steps at Greater Boston Stage Company, The Children, Choir Boy, Once, Shakespeare In Love, Men On Boats at Speakeasy Stage, Young Nerds Of Color, Frankenstein at Central Square Theatre, Oliver, 1776 at New Rep Theatre, Macbeth, Edward II (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design) at Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Charlotte’s Web at American Repertory Theatre, S.i.n.s.ofu.s., The Owl Answers at Harvard Tdm, Rosenbergs, Lost Tempo, The River Was Whiskey, Mortal Terror, Legally Dead, Absence, Windowmen (nominated Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), at Boston Playwrights Theatre. Barefoot In The Park, Trad and Crimes Of The Heart at Gloucester Stage Company.
Aja M Jackson (Lighting Design) Gloucester Stage Company shows include: Seared and Hamlet. [OFF-BROADWAY]: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet. [REGIONAL]: Hartford Stage: Lost in Yonkers. Everyman Theater: Behold, A Negress. American Repertory Theater: Hear Word. The Public Theater Under-The Radar Festival: Hear Word. Nebraska Rep: Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea. North Carolina Black Rep: Freedom Summer. Kitchen Theatre Company: Catch as Catch Can. Speakeasy Stage: Once on This Island. Lyric Stage Company of Boston: The Cake, Breath and Imagination. Actor’s Shakespeare Project: Nat Turner in Jerusalem, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Moonbox Productions: Passing Strange. Boston Early Music Festival: Pimpinone and Ino. [DANCE]: Modern Connections: Hot water over Raised Fists. HoldTight: What Keeps You Going?, Why Believe?, What Does it Feel Like to Grow Up?, What Does is Feel Like to Fall in Love? [OTHER]: Boston Conservatory Theatre: The Consul, Glory Denied, Can’t Keep Quiet. Brandeis University: We Are Proud To Present…, The Tempest. Wheelock Family Theatre: Ragtime. [TEACHING]: Boston University, National Theatre Institute. IG: @ajamjackson | ajajacksonlighting.com
Critical Praise for GLORIA by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
“A whip-smart satire!
A sharp-toothed comic drama with a whole lot to say”
“An adrenaline rush of a show! One of the year’s best.”
“A great roar of truth-telling, keenly observed”