GLORIA: A LIFE – This post is an invitation to an outing to the biographical drama about Gloria Steinem on Wednesday, March 20th at 2pm. But the far more important part of the play is the second “act” where the audience discusses Steinem’s life, the history of women and their roles and issues currently affecting us all. MWC’ers, if you would like to be part of the group attending, please go to the SIGN UP! section of the Members’ website. Tickets are $89. We have committed to a limited number of tickets – however, we will keep the sign-up open until March 15th – and if we have more sign-ups than our ticket allotment we will try to get more. If we are not able to secure additional tickets, refunds will be given to those who signed up after our initial allotment is sold out.
What are YOU doing to observe Women’s History Month? Well, we’ve got an idea for you – fittingly, GLORIA: A LIFE has been extended through to the end of March – yes, Women’s History Month! And from women-on-the-street reports, it seems that something momentous is happening on East 15th, right off of Union Square. And it’s not the play – it’s the audience – that people are talking about. As the producers of this work have said, “The first act is Gloria’s story; the second is our own.” And this is meant literally as the second half of this dramatic experience is moderated by a well-known guest (which so far have included Steinem, Faye Wattleton, Lena Dunham, Christine Amanpour, Kathy Najimy …etc) who brings the audience and their experiences into the narrative.
One act is not enough to dramatize the action- and accomplishment-packed life of Gloria Steinem. Depending on your age, and whether or not you read Steinem’s memoir My Life On the Road, you may well be familiar with the facts of what transpires here. Directed by Tony Award Winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Porgy & Bess, Waitress …) and written by Tony-nominated Emily Mann (artistic director of Princeton’s McCarter Theater) these two know a thing or two about turning a play into an immersive experience – which is clearly the intent with this work. The role of Gloria Steinem was created by Christine Lahti and is currently being played by Patricia Kalember (Sisters, thirtysomething and Orange is the New Black).
Given the scope of Steinem’s life and the recent history she has been a part of, you realize that the real point of this dramatization is not to recount events that many of us are very aware and knowledgeable of (often from personal experience) – but to serve as a reminder. Of how far women have come and how far we have to go. And what we can all do – together – to move forward.