Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops

September 12-October 9, 2016

  • By Jen Silverman
  • Directed by Mike Donahue
  • One hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission

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

 

Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream?

In Collective Rage, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.” Award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist romantic comedy is at once hysterical, inspired, and boldly uncompromising. When you’re done laughing, you’ll be ready to deliver a knockout blow to a thousand different well-worn tropes about female identity…and dare them all to say “Boop.”

World premiere by an award-winning playwright

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Collective Rage contains strong sexual language and strobe lighting.


"[T]his evocative and explosive exploration of women, relationships, love, and above all—pussy—will rock your world."

Amanda Gunther, Theatre Bloom

"Thought-provoking, and filled with great performances."

Kelly McCorkendale, DC Theatre Scene

"A technically astounding production."

Stephanie House, MD Theatre Guide

"All five Bettys give striking and relatable performances."

Barbara Johnson, Broadway World

"[S]assy, saucy, and shrewdly funny."

John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts

"Collective Rage is about finding yourself, making weird friends, and falling in love with someone unexpected; and about trading in high heels for boxing gloves and self-hatred for a guitar. In other words, it’s about pussy."

Allie Goldstein, DCist

About the Playwright: Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman's work has been produced in New York by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe in Winter) and the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), and regionally at Actor's Theatre of Louisville (The Roommate), Humana 2015; (Wondrous Strange, Humana 2016), Yale Rep (The Moors), InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award citation). She has productions upcoming at The Playwrights Realm @ The Duke (New York premiere of The Moors), South Coast Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (World Premiere of All The Roads Home), among others. She is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and has developed work with the O'Neill, Williamstown, New York Theatre Workshop, Playpenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Portland Center Stage, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, SCR's Pacific Playwrights Festival, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She's a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Fund Award for emerging playwrights, and the Yale Drama Series Award for STILL. She is the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark.
Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

About the Director: Mike Donahue

Mike Donahue is a New York-based director. Credits include: the world premieres of Matthew Lopez's The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC and Denver Center, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Jen Silverman's Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); Ethan Lipton's Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally: world premiere of Jen Silverman's The Roommate (Humana); world premieres of Rachel Bonds' The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre D.C.) and Swimmers (Marin); world premiere of Lauren Feldman's Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center); Moscow, Cheryomushki (Chicago Opera Theatre); Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); and Assassins, Henry IV & V (co-director) and A Number. Readings/workshops: Roundabout Underground, NYTW, Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Williamstown, McCarter, The O'Neill, South Coast Rep, Berkley Rep, The Lark, and Ars Nova. Mike is recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama league Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: world premiere of Jordan Seavey's Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth), Jen Silverman's The Moors (Playwrights Realm), and The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen).

Meet the Cast

BETH HYLTON (Betty Boop 1) is delighted to return to Woolly, where she previously performed as Rachael in Appropriate and Josie in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis. Most recently, Beth played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman, where Beth is a member of the resident company. Favorite roles at Everyman include Rosemary in Outside Mullingar, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Sarah in Time Stands Still. Other favorite regional performances include Amanda in Private Lives and Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Nora in A Doll’s House at Gulfshore Playhouse, Bev and Kathy in Clybourne Park at Centerstage, The Woman in The 39 Steps at The Maltz-Jupiter, and Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer at Florida’s Hippodrome. She has also been seen at Ford’s, The Kennedy Center, Round House, Olney, Rep Stage, Weston Playhouse, PlayMakers, The Public of Maine and NC’s Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy PlayFest. In NYC Beth was a founding member of The Ground Floor Theatre Lab, and performed with Gorilla Rep, at various off-off Broadway theatres, and in the NYC Fringe. MFA: Professional Actor Training Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Upcoming: Jen Silverman’s The Roommate at Everyman.

DOREA SCHMIDT (Betty Boop 2) is thrilled to be a part of this production and to be making her Woolly debut. Other DC Area credits include Arena Stage: Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof; Olney Theatre Center: Carousel (Helen Hayes nomination); Everyman Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, The Beaux’ Stratagem; No Rules Theatre Company: The FantasticksBlack Comedy, The Last 5 Years; Constellation Theatre Company: The Love of the Nightingale; Adventure Theatre: Goodnight Moon. REGIONAL: The Cape Playhouse: My Fair Lady; Open Stage of Harrisburg: [title of show], Doubt; Fulton Theatre/Maltz Jupiter Theatre: The Sound of Music. UPCOMING: Olney Theatre Center: Mary Poppins; Round House Theatre: Caroline, or Change. EDUCATION: Messiah College, The National Theatre Institute, The William Esper Studio. Dorea is a proud company member of Actors Arena and Only Make Believe. For Josh, who makes every day wonderful. www.doreaschmidt.com

NATASCIA DIAZ (Betty Boop 3) is thrilled to be making her debut at Woolly Mammoth. Best known for her feature in the Broadway documentary film Every Little Step, Broadway credits include Man of La Mancha, where she played Aldonza opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Seussical. Off-Broadway credits include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage) and starring as Esmeralda Agron in Paul Simon’s Capeman, directed by Diane Paulus (Delacorte Theatre). Ms. Diaz first gained recognition in DC receiving the 2009 Helen Hayes Award in a tie with theatre legend Chita Rivera for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Scottish punk Monica in the world premiere of Rooms. In 2014, she won her second Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Jacques Brel at MetroStage. Her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story has won national acclaim receiving both a Kevin Kline Award (St. Louis) and a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago) and last season, Ms. Diaz was featured in Signature Theatre’s sold-out production. Other favorite credits: Savage in Savage in Limbo (MetroStage), Elektra in Agamemnon and His Daughters (Arena), Mariana in Measure For Measure (Shakespeare Theatre), Jenny in Threepenny Opera (Signature). TV: OZ, Law And Order, SVU. Visit me @ www.natasciadiaz.com.

KATE RIGG (Betty Boop 4) Off Broadway: Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show (La Mama ETC. and feature film) Cygnus (Women’s Project), The Jammer, Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), BFE (LongWharf/Playwrights Horizons), Dogeaters (The Public) Vagina Monologues (Westside Theater) Most Fabulous Story (NYTW) Regional: Playmakers Rep, ATL, Brava, CTGLA, New World Theater, Out North, Conworks. TV: The Path, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Law and Order CI, Fox’s Family Guy, One Night Stand-Up, Dr. Phil,  Comedy Central Women in Comedy, Showtime’s Hot Tamales, Film: Race Is the Place, That’s What She Said, The Naughty Show. Artist Residencies: CTGLA, Smithsonian Institute, NYFA, Comedy Central Theater. Lead Singer of the spoken word/rock outfit Slanty Eyed Mama. Stand Up Comic and solo artist in stadiums and dive bars around the world. Graduate: Juilliard. www.katerigg.com

FELICIA CURRY (Betty Boop 5) Woolly Mammoth debut. NYC: We 3 Lizas (Joe’s Pub), Petite Rouge and DMLRR The Brontes (NYMF). Tours: Willy Wonka (KCTYA); Barbie Live! DC: Disgraced (Arena Stage), OLIVÉRio, Chasing George Washington and Beehive (Kennedy Center); A Christmas Carol, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Civil War (Ford’s Theatre); This (Round House Theatre); Home (Rep Stage); Laugh (World Premiere - Beth Henley) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Studio Theatre); Les Misérables (Signature Theatre); Imagination Stage; Adventure Theatre MTC; MetroStage; Olney Theatre Center; Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Regional: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Mountaintop (Gufshore Playhouse), Sister Act (Riverside Center), Dreamgirls and The Color Purple (VA Rep) Awards: RTC Best Actress (Celie, The Color Purple); RTCC Supporting Actress nomination (Lorrell, Dreamgirls); 4 Helen Hayes nominations, 3 Ensemble HH noms (HH Award - Ensemble, Les Misérables). Member: Capitol Steps, Factory 449. Education: UMCP. Proud member of AEA. Upcoming: A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre), Caroline or Change (Round House Theatre).

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