COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES;IN ESSENCE A QUEER & OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON & HOW HE EXPLORED THE ARCTIC?;IMAGINE THE ARCTIC AS A PUSSY & IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT

Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And 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…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective...
Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And 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…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.”
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COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES;IN ESSENCE A QUEER & OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON & HOW HE EXPLORED THE ARCTIC?;IMAGINE THE ARCTIC AS A PUSSY & IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    16 Jan. 2019
    I love this play so incredibly much that I want to eat it so that it will live inside of me. It is hilarious, daring, honest, and so freaking sexy. COLLECTIVE RAGE is brilliant in every way. Read it! Produce it!
  • Britt A Willis:
    14 Nov. 2017
    I had the opportunity to see COLLECTIVE RAGE at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co in 2016 and am so glad I did; I think back to the production and play fairly regularly. COLLECTIVE RAGE straddles absurdity and surprising realism (I feel like I've met every Betty!), letting each of its characters explore their identities and each other in a collage of hilarious and poignant scenes. And as a non-binary person with a pussy myself, it's refreshing to see a non-binary character on-stage engaging in these discussions too.
  • Leah Roth Barsanti:
    23 Jun. 2017
    This play explores the aggravating, empowering, heartbreaking, and often-rage inducing struggle of going through life as a person with a pussy, and it is even more relevant today than when it was written. Silverman has the incredible ability to create characters who remind you of both everyone you've ever met and the scariest, most private parts of yourself. This play does that, and then it makes you laugh, and then it makes you want to change your life and change the world and take up boxing. I cannot recommend it enough.

Production History

  • Professional
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    Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co
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    2016