Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti will star as Gloria Steinem in the world premiere of Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life, which will begin previews October 2 prior to an official opening October 18 at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square.
As previously announced, Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) will direct the new play about Steinem as a symbol of past, present, and future change. The production features an all-female creative and producing team, the latter led by Tony winner Daryl Roth.
“Gloria Steinem helped me find feminism, which has been my life jacket, a way to navigate through a world that doesn't treat girls and women like full human beings,” Lahti said in a statement. “For over forty years, she has worked tirelessly to enrich, empower and save women's lives. To be able to play her and tell her remarkable story is one of the greatest thrills and honors of my life, not to mention my career.”
The first act focuses on Steinem's personal life and activism, and the second serves as a "Talking Circle," in which the audience will be invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own.
Lahti starred on Broadway in God of Carnage, The Heidi Chronicles, Present Laughter with George C. Scott, Division Street, and Loose Ends. She earned her first Oscar nomination for Swing Shift, then took the statue home ten years later as a first-time director for her short film Lieberman in Love. She received Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Chicago Hope.
Tickets are on sale at GloriathePlay.com.