“In many ways Gloria: A Life, a play about a movement, became a movement. For millennia, human beings have been sitting around campfires, telling and listening to each other’s stories… Only being together with all five senses allows us to empathize, to understand, and to act. This is the magic of both a movement and a play. Like a pebble tossed into a pond, the ripples keep changing lives.” —Gloria Steinem, from her Foreword
“Gloria: A Life doesn’t dwell on Steinem’s romantic life… The meaningful connections here are the ones Steinem made with women. This show is in no danger of getting old anytime soon.” —Elisabeth Vincentelli, Hollywood Reporter
“Emily Mann’s well-crafted play encourages cathartic engagement… The show’s real power comes in Steinem’s ability to give voice to the deep-seated feelings of powerlessness and frustration and exploitation that many women feel—and to channel those feelings into meaningful action.” —Thom Geier, Wrap
“Gloria: A Life is a unique, deeply moving performance created in the hopeful, conversational spirit of its extraordinary subject.” —Sara Holdren, New York Magazine’s Vulture
“One part theater, one part consciousness-raising group therapy session, Gloria: A Life offers an experience that promises to be a more intimate recollection of Steinem’s journey, not only because it’s been singularly shaped by the hands of women.” —Noor Brara, Vogue
Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing the voices of others, she remains a leader of the American feminist movement. Emily Mann’s new play traces the progress of Steinem’s extraordinary life, from her undercover Playboy Bunny exposé in the 1960s, through her founding of Ms. Magazine in the 1970s, to her activism in today’s women’s movement.
Emily Mann is a playwright and director. Her plays include Execution of Justice, Still Life, and Having Our Say. She is Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre Center—recipient of a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.