1 Sheet1 “Gloria,” is a sharp-toothed contemporary comic-drama that critics characterize as “ in the acidic vein of Neil LaBute, Bruce Norris and Theresa Rebeck.” This play takes a harsh and unflinching look at workplace toxicity and dysfunction, specifically in the world of publishing, but it could easily substitute for many current workplace cultures. Dysfunction permeates these recognizable characters trying to build careers while justifying their bad behavior as a means to an end. Initially the bad behavior feels seemingly innocuous and very funny with rhythms that evoke great situation comedy, but it turns to reveal a shocking drama, and finally, a chilling cautionary tale that we all too often become numb to, and even commodify.
Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins’s play is a depiction of privileged entitlement, and how the microaggressions within the high-status workplace can trigger unimaginable results. Check out our Dramaturgy info about the playwright, production reviews, and the social issues the play addresses, including workplace culture and violence, effect of mass shootings, and white privilege.
Sponsored by the College of Humanities and the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant.
*Trigger Warning* This production contains images and scenarios of gun violence, blood and mental health issues.