The Public announce new Richard Nelson play cycle


The Public Theater have announced that the world premiere of a new play cycle by Richard Nelson, collectively called The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family will run at their Downtown Theatre throughout 2016 to coincide with the election year.

Written and directed by Nelson, the first play in the cycle is called Hungry and will begin previews on 27 February 2015 and run through 20 March 2016 with an official opening on 4 March 2016.

This first play places us in the centre of the Gabriels’ kitchen. The family discusses their lives and disappointments, and the world at large and nearby, as they struggle against the fear of being left behind and the challenge to find resilience in the face of loss.

All three new plays will track the lives of the Gabriels throughout the coming presidential election year, with the second play opening in September 2016 and the final play opening in real time on Election Night, November 8, 2016.

Richard Nelson returns to The Public with 'The Gabriels' after the 2013 run of 'The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country' (That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry, Regular Singing). As with his previous play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours.

Casting, dates and ticket information for all plays will be announced at a later date.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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