This week on the Lady Bam Podcast, Mary speaks to her longtime friend and collaborator, playwright and director Emily Mann. As McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright since 1990, Emily wrote 15 new plays and adaptations, directed over 50 productions, produced nearly 180 plays and musicals, supported the work of emerging and legendary playwrights and received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Last fall, in her final season at McCarter, she directed her own play Gloria: A Life, starring Mary as Gloria Steinem. Now as she wraps up her time at McCarter and looks forward to her next act, Emily and Mary discuss their shared experiences in the theatre, what’s next for Emily, and how theatre moves forward in the time of Covid.
Happy New Year! The Lady Bam Podcast is back with the first of two brand new podcasts for a brand new decade! This past fall, Mary starred as Gloria Steinem in Gloria: A Life, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. The show featured a dynamic, all-female cast telling Gloria’s story in the first act, and inviting the audience to join them in a talking circle to share their personal experiences in the second act. While the actors brought Gloria and her contemporaries to life each night, they found many of the messages and history being told on stage impacting and informing their lives. In this episode, Mary is joined by two of her co-stars in Gloria, Gabrielle Beckford and Patrena Murray, to discuss their experiences on and off the stage, in the first of our own Lady Bam talking circles with the cast and creative team of Gloria: A Life.