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Gloria: A Life About Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Sets World Premiere

Emily Mann pens the new play, with direction by Diane Paulus.

Gloria: A Life, a new play about the life and work of Gloria Steinem, will make its world premiere this fall at the Daryl Roth Theatre.
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Producer Daryl Roth has announced the world premiere of Gloria: A Life, a new play about feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Based on Steinem's life and work, Emily Mann's play will be directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Jagged Little Pill). Featuring an all-female creative and producing team, the show will begin previews October 2 in advance of an October 18 opening at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square.

According to press materials, "Gloria: A Life weaves together personal and history-changing moments of the past fifty years, from consciousness among a few women, to the majority tipping point of national and global consciousness that we are now witnessing. Starting with Gloria's early adventures as a rare female reporter, the revelations of the play include stories of the people who inspired her and led her to inspire others. Act One focuses on her personal life and activism, and Act Two is a Talking Circle in which the audience will be invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own."

"What makes me feel enthusiastic about this whole idea is that after Act One about my life, the audience will take over and become a talking circle with a life of its own," said Steinem. "During many years of traveling and organizing, I've come to have great faith in the magic of people talking together after a shared experience. Computers may give us information, but only being together with all five senses creates empathy and action."