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Ana Villafañe, Dana Delany, and More Preview Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties

Lea DeLaria, Chaunté Wayans, and Adina Verson also star in Jen Silverman's new play.

MCC Theater introduced the cast of Jen Silverman's Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, directed by Mike Donahue, at their rehearsal studio on Monday, July 16. Previews begin August 16 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with opening night set for September 12.

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties stars Ana Villafañe, Adina Verson, Lea DeLaria, Dana Delany, and Chaunté Wayans.
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The play 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 Jen Silverman's unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, 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."

The five Betties are played by two-time Emmy winner Dana Delany, Obie winner Lea DeLaria, Broadway vets Adina Verson and Ana Villafañe, and writer and performer Chaunté Wayans. The production will have scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, and projection design by Caite Hevner.

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties is directed by Mike Donahue and written by Jen Silverman.
(© David Gordon)

The full title of the play is Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties; 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 P*ssy and It's Sort of Like That.