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THE APPLE FAMILY & THE GABRIELS

The four original THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS and THE GABRIELS trilogy are now available to stream for free in the New York Metro area on THIRTEEN’s Theater Close-Up website.

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The Apple Family.

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: November 2, 2010 - November 14, 2010
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Set on election day, November 2, 2010. Uncle Benjamin’s dog has died, and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one. While the polls close, the Apple Family discusses memory, manners, and politics.

The cast features Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Stephen Kunken (Tim Andrews)Sally Murphy (Jane Apple Halls), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), and Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple). 

Featured scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

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SWEET AND SAD

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: September 11, 2011 - September 25, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

In SWEET AND SAD, the Apple Family finds themselves together again for the first time since Election Night, 2010. Marian, reeling from a personal tragedy, now lives with her sister Barbara; sister Jane is back with her boyfriend Tim; their brother Richard has come up from Manhattan; and Uncle Benjamin prepares for his first dramatic performance in years. Over Sunday brunch on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Apples find themselves talking about loss, memory, remembrance, and the meaning of compensation.

The cast features Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Stephen Kunken (Tim Andrews)Sally Murphy (Jane Apple Halls), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), and Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple).

Featuring scenery and costumes designed by Susan Hilferty; lighting designed by Jennifer Tipton; and sound designed by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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SORRY

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: October 30, 2012 - November 18, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

A year after Sweet and Sad, the Apple Family again share a meal in Rhinebeck, as they sort through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion on the morning of the day the country will choose the next president. Like the first two plays in this trilogy, Sweet and Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, SORRY opens on the day that it is set, November 6, 2012 - Election Day.

The cast features Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Sally Murphy (Jane Apple Halls), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), and Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple). 

Featuring scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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REGULAR SINGING

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: October 22, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Run Time: 2 hours

The fourth and final play in this captivating series, REGULAR SINGING, opened on November 22, 2013 – the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination that shocked the world. 

The cast features Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Stephen Kunken (Tim Andrews)Sally Murphy (Jane Apple Halls), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), and Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple). 

Featuring scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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The Gabriels.

HUNGRY

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: February 27, 2016 - March 27, 2016
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Set to the rhythm of peeling, chopping, and mixing, the first play in the cycle, HUNGRY places us in the center 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.

The cast features 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).

Featuring scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: September 10, 2016 - October 9, 2016
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

The second play, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?, brings us back to the kitchen of the Gabriel family, with the country now in the midst of the general election for president. In the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and our country’s), money, politics, family, art, and culture are chopped up and mixed together, while a meal is made around the kitchen table.

The cast features 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).

Featuring scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Original Run Dates: November 4, 2016 - December 4, 2016
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

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.

The cast features 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).

Featuring scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens.

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