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Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties

 



A new comedy that tells the stories of five different women named Betty, and the collision of personalities when one of the women decides to stage a play.

From the producers: Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy "Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties," five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. This New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

The full title of the play is "Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties; In Essence, A Queer and Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were In Middle School And You Read About Shackleton And How He Explored the Antarctic? Imagine the Antarctic As a Pussy and It’s Sort of Like That." Playwright Jen Silverman's works include "Crane Story," "Wink," "Still," "Phoebe In Winter," "The Moors," and "Wondrous Strange," among others. She has won multiple awards for her work such as the Yale Drama Series Award and Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. "Collective Rage" originally premiered in 2016 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.



The cast features Emmy winner Dana Delany ("Desperate Housewives"), Lea DeLaria ("Orange Is the New Black"), Ana Villafañe ("On Your Feet!"), Adina Verson ("Indecent"), and Chaunté Wayans ("Fifty Shades of Black"). MCC alum Mike Donahue ("The Legend of Georgia McBride") directs.

What's MCC Theater? MCC Theater is a well-connected Off-Broadway company...this perhaps due to the 'day jobs' of the intendants, who are major casting directors and producers on larger stages in the city. MCC's productions are almost always marked by a very high standard of casting and technical production. The company's production of "reasons to be pretty" moved to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2008. More here.

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