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
In Collective Rage, five different Bettys collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and “thea-tah.” Betty is a dutiful wife. Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love. Betty needs to hit something, but 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 some other famous play. This brash uncompromising comedy delivers a knockout blow to a thousand boring tropes about female identity.
“One big reason the production succeeds are the performances. Mirto, off-putting in a strident opening monologue that defines her as a clueless white matron, recovers to become three dimensionally empathetic later on. Rackley, as the impossibly naïve Betty 2, rescues the role from developing into a cloying cliché. Anzoategui and Leigh both artfully exploit the foibles of their characters, with Leigh’s open and honest Betty 5 emerging as especially endearing. Ultimately, however. it is Lamadrid as the loose-lipped Betty 3 who, bitten by the theater bug, keeps the laughs coming and steals the show.” -Stage Raw
"It’s a story that has not before been dramatized with Silverman’s unique mix of finesse and humor." -StageHappenings
"Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops by Jen Silverman, is a crackling, smart play given an enthusiastic, over-the-top performance by five extraordinarily committed actors" -Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes
"Collective Rage is delirious entertainment, which is also purposefully benign and fundamentally human." -South Pasadena Review
Post-performance conversations with the cast of Collective Rage: Sunday, February 19th; Thursday, March 2nd;and Thursday, March 9th
LiveWired: Thursday, February 23rd - a post-performance party in the lobby with beer, pizza, and soft drinks - all for the cost of your ticket
Pre-performance talk with Patricia Garza (CTG) and Leslie Ishii (East West Players) and gender fluidity and representation on stage: Sunday, March 5th at 1pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Pre-performance talk with members of the gender parity advocacy group, The Kilroys: Sunday, March 12th at 1pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Post-performance conversations with the design team of Collective Rage: Thursday, March 16th
Featuring: Karen Anzoategui, Anna Lamadrid, Tracey Leigh, Elyse Mirto, Courtney Rackley
Scenic Designer: FRANCOIS-PIERRE COUTURE
Costume Designer: ANN CLOSS-FARLEY
Lighting Designer: KARYN LAWRENCE
Sound Designer: PETER BAYNE
Projection Designer: HANA SOOYEON KIM
Properties Designer: JENNY SMITH COHN
Casting Director: MEG FISTER
Assistant Director: REBECCA WEAR
Production Stage Manager: MAGGIE SWING
Production Photography: ED KRIEGER
About the playwright:
JEN SILVERMAN is a New York-based playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Her theatre work includes THE MOORS (Yale Repertory Theatre, off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm), PHOEBE IN WINTER (Off-off Broadway at Clubbed Thumb), THE ROOMMATE (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Florida Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, SF Playhouse), THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre: Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award citation), and COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BOOPS (Woolly Mammoth, The Theater @ Boston Court). The world premiere of ALL THE ROADS HOME is upcoming at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Jen 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 Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a former member of Youngblood @ EST, a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She is the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. She has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of stories and a novel. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com
About the director:
LINDSAY ALLBAUGH, a member of Center Theatre Group’s artistic staff for the past 13 years, has served in varying capacities but is most passionate about producing and developing new work. Lindsay also serves as the artistic coordinator for CTG’s Sherwood Award, which supports emerging Los Angeles artists. In addition to her work at CTG, Lindsay was the co-artistic director at the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood for 10 years. Selected Directing Credits include: Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel at Cal Rep, Gray City by Keith Huff (Harvard/ART); Revelation by Samuel Brett Williams (Elephant), west coast premiere of100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor (Elephant); Aloha Say the Pretty Girls (Harvard/ART); world premiere of Supernova by Tim McNeil (Elephant), Tooth and Nail by Gena Acosta (Elephant); Kate Crackernuts by Sheila Callaghan (Harvard/ART). Producing credits include the upcoming world premiere of Archduke by Rajiv Joseph at the Mark Taper Forum; the upcoming world premiere of Good Grief by Ngozi Anyanwu at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; the upcoming inaugural Block Party festival at the Kirk Douglas theatre featuring three Los Angeles 99-seat companies; and the past productions of Bent, Waiting for Godot,What the Butler Saw at the Taper and Endgame, Vicuna, Different Words for the Same Thing, and The Nether at the KDT. Additional producing credits for the Elephant: Love Sick, Block Nine, Parasite Drag, The Little Flower of East Orange, Anything and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings.
"Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.