The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family. Part 2: What did you expect?

by Richard Nelson
Direction: Richard Nelson (New York)

Guest performance during FIND 2017

March to November 2016. The kitchen in the Gabriel family home in South Street, Rhinebeck, a small town 100 miles north of New York. In these three plays, real-time snapshots allow us to follow not only the American presidential election but also a year in the life of a middle-class family and the private hopes and fears of its members. In his new trilogy Richard Nelson, who presented his play-cycle »The Apple Family Plays« at FIND 2015, interweaves big national events with small occurrences in private lives and presents us with a portrait of a world in which the personal, social, cultural and political are all inseparably connected. The three parts of »The Gabriels« premiered on the days in the election year on which they are set – when neither the writer, actors nor characters in the cycle knew the results of the votes.

Part 2: What did you expect?

»You cease to suffer, you cease to hope«. Harley Granville Barker
Friday, 16 September 2016, 6.30pm–8.30pm. We find ourselves in the middle of the election campaign. Thomas’ widow Mary has problems continuing to afford the house in which the family has lived for generations. To earn some extra money, she has rented out a room to Thomas’ exwife Karin. It looks like Mary will soon have to take in Thomas’ mother Patricia too because her old people’s home is eating up too much money. George and his wife Hannah are also facing financial difficulties and might have to sell their house. As the family meet for dinner, they talk about their financial worries – as a previously comfortably-off middleclass, they’ve never had to give much thought to money before but it appears that not only their small town but also the entirety of American society is increasingly changing.

>>> Essay about the production in Pearson's Preview: Home Cooking and Intimacy: Richard Nelson’s »The Gabriels«

All Dates

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family. Part 1: Hungry
> On 31 March at 7pm and on 2 April at 2pm
The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family. Part 2: What did you expect?
> On 1 April at 6pm and on 2 April on 4.45pm
The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family. Part 3: Women of a Certain Age
> On 1 April at 9pm and on 2 April at 8.30pm

»The Gabriels« Package Prize

If you buy tickets for all three parts of the series, the price for the third ticket will be reduced by 50%.
You can either book package 1 with the shows on 31 March and 1 April, or package 2 with all shows on 2 April.

A production of The Public Theater New York (Artistic Director: Oskar Eustis, Executive Director: Patrick Willingham). Presented in cooperation with Theater der Welt 2017, Hamburg.


Direction: Richard Nelson

Duration: ca. 100 minutes