Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

by  Jen Silverman

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5f

"told with a singular, wholly original voice that evokes Albee, Suzan Lori-Parks, and even the poetic lyricism of Ntozake Shange. And it is very, very funny." - DC Metro Theatre Arts

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Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

by  Jen Silverman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.”
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Reviews

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"...a perfect balance between the really absurd and the absurdly real." - Broadway World, Read More 

"told with a singular, wholly original voice that evokes Albee, Suzan Lori-Parks, and even the poetic lyricism of Ntozake Shange. And it is very, very funny." - DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More 

FIVE STARS "...this evocative and explosive exploration of women, relationships, love, and above all— p***y— will rock your world from the time the first of the quintet of Betty Boops are introduced through to the sentimental, albeit bizarre, ending." - Theatre Bloom, Read More 

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Videos

  • Woolly Mammoth Collective Rage trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £32 per performance

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: New York (ish) now.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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Song by Betty Boop 2's P***y
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Casting

5f
BETTY BOOP 1 - Femme, white, rich, uptight, fueled by secret rage
BETTY BOOP 2 - Femme, white, rich, uptight but coming undone, secretly obsessed with porn
BETTY BOOP 3 - Femme, Latina, charismatic and pretty, kind of a know-it-all
BETTY BOOP 4 - Butch lesbian, any ethnicity, great tattoos, gently melancholic, is too often ignored
BETTY BOOP 5 - Butch lesbian, any ethnicity, great tattoos, just out of prison, owns a hole-in-the-wall boxing gym 
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her theatre work includes THE MOORS (Yale Repertory Theatre premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist); THE ROOMMATE (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana world premiere, ...

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Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC in September 2016 under the direction of Mike Donahue.

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