Vineyard Theatre Will Present Original Cast Readings of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria and Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination

Off-Broadway News   Vineyard Theatre Will Present Original Cast Readings of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria and Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination
 
A third title will be announced for the 2021 benefit series at the Off-Broadway venue.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre will present a series of original cast benefit readings in 2021.

The series will launch January 19 with Gloria, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, which will be available for viewing through January 22. Directed by Evan Cabnet, the reading will feature original cast members Kyle Beltran, Catherine Combs, Michael Crane, Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles, and Ryan Spahn.

Jacobs-Jenkins' play, seen at the Vineyard in 2015, follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. When an ordinary workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.

The series will continue in February with Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination, directed by Joe Morton. Morton and fellow original cast member Sally Murphy reunite for the play, which premiered at The Vineyard in 2002.

Brutal Imagination is based on Eady’s poem cycle exploring the 1994 incident in which Susan Smith, a white woman from South Carolina, claimed that an African-American man had kidnapped her children. The FBI searched for the man until Smith confessed the truth: She had invented the man and had drowned the children.

A third title will be announced at a later date. Proceeds will support the artists and programs in the nonprofit theatre's 2020-2021 season.

The readings are included with Vineyard Memberships. Single tickets will be available with a minimum donation of $25 beginning December 9. For additional information click here.

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