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 Theater 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
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • 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

REVIEWS 

"[...] 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 Theater 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." - TheatreBloom, Read More 

Critic’s Pick! “A full-tilt lesbian/bi-curious/genderqueer/Shakespearean comedy for everyone […] If you’re wondering whether you’ll enjoy the revolution, Collective Rage makes an excellent (and hilarious) test case.” - The New York Times

“Straight-up funny.” - New York Magazine

“Anger, love, and loneliness are comedically but honestly rendered in this occasionally absurd, stylized, queer-centric play […] With hilarity and poignancy, Collective Rage offers a broad spectrum of queer voices rarely seen on stage.” - Variety

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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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    New York?

    Now.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Song Samples

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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Authors

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 Betties premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC in September 2016 under the direction of Mike Donahue.

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