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THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family Play Three: WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE

November 4 - December 4

LuEsther Theater

Member tickets:
November 4 - November 7: $25
November 10 - November 27: $35

Non-Member tickets: starts at $65 + fees

Running time: Approximately 1 hr & 45 minutes with no intermission

See the complete 2016-17 Season!

In the exquisitely moving finale of his three-play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Tony winning writer and director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays, James Joyce’s The Dead) brings us back into the Rhinebeck kitchen of the Gabriel family as they await the results of the presidential election on November 8, 2016.

WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after we first meet the Gabriels. Patricia, the family matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are forever changing.

Settle in for the final unforgettable evening with one extraordinary, imperfect American family as they celebrate connection and creativity, struggle to move forward together, and wait for the world to change.

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From left: Meg Gibson, Lynn Hawley, Roberta Maxwell, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Amy Warren 

Spend a day with The Gabriels! Marathon performances of all three shows in this acclaimed trilogy will run in repertory on Saturday, December 10; Sunday, December 11; Wednesday, December 14; Saturday, December 17; and Sunday, December 18. Tickets for the marathon performances will be available at a later date.


If you are new, or perhaps returning to Richard Nelson’s Gabriel Family this season for WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? or WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, you may find yourself at some point asking a question we have received from our patrons.

Why don’t the actors speak up?

We asked Richard to respond directly to this question so that you have a firsthand understanding of his artistic intent:

“Why don’t the actors speak up?” 
It has long been assumed that it was the actors’ job to ‘project’ their voices out to the very back row of a theater. To achieve this, actors found ‘sweet spots’ on stage; and of course found it helpful to face directly out to the audience.  The effect of this, of course, was that the play was being "shown" or "presented” to an audience, who could then sit happily back and watch it.

With The Gabriels, as with my previous series The Apple Family plays, I am trying to create something else: an intimate world of very human conversations that you will want to lean forward to witness and overhear, as if you were watching and listening through a half opened window or keyhole.  My hope is that with these plays, you will want to actively participate, by leaning in and actively listen.  I hope you enjoy the plays and I look forward to seeing you at The Public.” 

As with all Public Theater productions, even if you have slight hearing impairments, there are Audio Listening Devices available for your use.  These devices are available on a first come, first served basis and can be picked up in the lobby of the Public beginning thirty minutes before the show, while supplies last.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Gabriel plays are supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from THE DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE is made possible with the generous support of THE EDGERTON FOUNDATION NEW PLAY AWARD. 


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World Premiere Three-Play Cycle
THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

Featuring Meg Gibson, Lynn Hawley, Roberta Maxwell, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Amy Warren

Scenic Designers Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West
Costume Designer Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton
Sound Designers Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens
Production Stage Manager Theresa Flanagan