Televised Plays from The Public Theater

November 21, 2017

THE GABRIELS: The Hungry at the Public Theater. Photo © Joan Marcus.

Theater Close-Up presents The Public Theater’s The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, premiering December 3, 4 and 5 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Tony Award-winner Richard Nelson’s three-play cycle follows one year in the life of an American family in Rhinebeck, NY, during the 2016 presidential election. Watch all plays here.

The play cycle is also directed by Nelson, whose four-play Apple Family cycle was also broadcast on Theater Close-Up. The Gabriels features original cast members Meg Gibson (Karin Gabriel), Lynn Hawley (Hannah Gabriel), Roberta Maxwell (Patricia Gabriel), Maryann Plunkett (Mary Gabriel), Jay O. Sanders (George Gabriel) and Amy Warren (Joyce Gabriel). The performances were filmed at New York City’s The Public Theater in March 2017.

The broadcast is directed by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of Theater Close-Up and acclaimed PBS series Great Performances.

The Theater Close-Up broadcast of The Gabriels is introduced by Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater.

Part one: Hungry

Sunday, December 3, 10 p.m.
Set on Super Tuesday during the primary election, Hungry takes us into the Gabriel’s kitchen, where the family prepares a meal following the loss of a loved one. Everyone keeps their hands busy with peeling, chopping and washing-up, discussing the current political climate all the while.

Part two: What Did You Expect?

Monday, December 4, 10 p.m.
The Gabriels deal with a financial crisis and the general election is in full swing. Over the course of a single evening, the Gabriels discuss history, money, politics, culture and family while they prepare a meal at the kitchen table.

Part three: Women of a Certain Age

Tuesday, December 5, 10 p.m.
In the moving finale, the Gabriels await the results of the election on November 8, 2016. Patricia, the matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law in the kitchen to reminisce over the difficult year behind them and talk about a future that seems increasingly uncertain.

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More Theater Close-Up Productions

Full productions are available to stream for those in the THIRTEEN viewing area. Enjoy these Theater Close-Up productions, introduced by Blythe Danner, from the past year: The Originalist from Arena Stage in DC, by John Strand and starring Edward Gero; Buried Child, by Sam Shepard, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan; Jonathan Tolins’ comedy Buyer & Cellar, Rasheeda Speaking from The New Group, Fashions for Men from Mint Theater, Wiesenthal filmed at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, Repairing a Nation from Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Incident at Vichy from Signature Theatre, and The Woodsman recorded at New World Stages.

The original Season One episodes to watch include Looking at Christmas, The Iliad, The Vandal, and the Apple Family Play cycle Regular Singing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry, That Hopey Changing Thing.