“Gloria” & “Toni Stone”
American Conservatory TheaterThrough Apr 5th
Stream video-recorded performances of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Gloria and Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone presented by San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.
To watch, click the link and choose the price that works. You will then receive a link to access your chosen video recording within a week. Video streams will be available for viewing through Sunday, April 5.
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting
Feb 13–Apr 12, 2020
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Gloria runs 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, this scalpel-sharp dark comedy explores how we cope with trauma and the tales we tell each other to escape. In the dog-eat-dog office of a New York magazine, twentysomethings Ani, Dean, and Kendra compete for a book deal to kick-start their careers. But after tragedy strikes, which one of them will write the story?
MacArthur “Genius” winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate, Everybody) reunites with Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting, who directed the playwright’s An Octoroon (2017) at Berkeley Rep. Shocking, satirical, and viciously funny, Gloria is a thought-provoking work from a powerhouse playwright.
This production contains strong language, loud noises, gunshots on and off stage, violence, and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.
About Toni Stone
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
A co-production with Arena Stage
Toni Stone runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.
“I play with ‘the big boys.’ Only ever did play with boys, even when I was a little girl.”—Toni Stone
Toni Stone dreams of nothing but baseball. But to become the first woman to play professionally with men as a member of the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns, she must confront hostile crowds, ruthless team owners, and players who slide spikes first. As she negotiates life’s challenges and opportunities on and off the field, Toni stays true to herself and reaches for who she can be.
In this new play, playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Broadway’s Stick Fly and Showtime’s The Affair) uncovers the theatrical journey in Martha Ackmann’s book, Curveball: The Remarkable True Story of Toni Stone. The culmination of a seven-year collaboration between Diamond and director Pam MacKinnon, Toni Stone is the extraordinary, real-life story of a trail-blazing Bay Area athlete.
This production contains haze, strong language, and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.