Collective Rage MCC // Opening

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Photobomb on a rooftop with the one, the only, the inimitable... Jessica Chase

Photobomb on a rooftop with the one, the only, the inimitable… Jessica Chase

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Our cast refers to the audience as Betty 6, since we learn something new with them every time. After 4 weeks of previews with Betties 1-6, I’ve never been more grateful for and excited by the curiosity, intelligence, and heart of so many of our audiences – how often people are willing to step outside of their comfort zone, how easily they feel compassion for and identification with characters who don’t (in surface ways) seem to be “like them.” How willing they’ve been to embrace an aesthetic that is built on playfulness and surprise. This play has been a wild ride and we’re extended till Oct 7 – come down to the West Village!

Collective Rage // Tech & Previews

The past three weeks feels like one long day, in which a variety of things occurred:

Donahue confers with my replacement.

Donahue confers with my replacement.

Some of the brilliant lady designers of Collective Rage

Some of the brilliant lady designers of Collective Rage

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Right before Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5) texts me: "What're you thinking about?"

Right before Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5) texts me: “What’re you thinking about?”

Every queer play needs a butch truck consultant, and Lea DeLaria is ours.

Every queer play needs a butch truck consultant, and Lea DeLaria is ours.

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Dangerous House // up & running

Saheem gives notes from inside the safehouse.

Saheem gives notes from inside the safehouse.

Samira and Alfie find their light... or rather, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu helps them find it in tech.

Samira and Alfie find their light… or rather, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu helps them find it in tech.

Samira Wiley as Pretty Mbane

Samira Wiley as Pretty Mbane

Atandwa Kani (Sicelo), Michael Braun (Gregory), Alfie Fuller (Noxolo) and Phillip James Brannon (Marcel)

Atandwa Kani (Sicelo), Michael Braun (Gregory), Alfie Fuller (Noxolo) and Phillip James Brannon (Marcel)

Our last day of rehearsal – a few of the many people who help the show run every night: IMG_1595