Obie Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2014- Appropriate, An Octoroon) will make his Vineyard Theatre mainstage debut with his play, Gloria. This new work explores the lives of a group of young professionals whose day-to-day is dynamically interrupted by a series of surprise events. The cast features Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), Catherine Combs (Regional: Smokefall), Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Jennifer Kim (film: The Bourne Legacy), Jeanine Serralles (Verite), and Ryan Spahn (Regional: Tribes); with Evan Cabnet directing.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has proven himself as a brilliant young playwright with his plays Neighbors and Wars, as well as the aforementioned works. His desire to examine the complexities of identity and social construct has led to receiving the Princess Grace Award, The Paula Vogel Award, and the Dorothy Streslin Playwriting Fellowship, in addition to the acclaim and respect of the national theater community. This artist and this art is extremely necessary in the current climate because it breaks down long standing walls of division brick by brick while including moments of joy. The importance of this is that it not only heals, it advances society as a whole.
Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is running now until July 3rd Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street New York, NY 10003. For tickets and more information, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org