.]]MCC Theater has announced the New York premiere of Jen Silverman's new play Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, to run August 16-September 23 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with opening night set for Wednesday, September 12. This will replace the previously announced Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty Happy'' in the company's 2017-18 season.
Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride), Collective Rage is described as follows: "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...Silverman's unpredictable comedy...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."
Silverman's play originally premiered at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, in September 2016.
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