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!
What it looks like to start rehearsals for the third new play in six weeks:
But also, this:
The Boston Globe comes to talk to us … and also manages to document Samira rocking the leather trucker hat of my dreams.
These people. My heart. We were together for 5 months writing a thing. So thrilling to be together again, and hear it come to life with actors.
I am not a person who likes being on a stage. In groups of more than 2 people, I attempt to become one with the back row. (OK, maybe 10 people. Being in a TV writers’ room has trained me for the better.) But the Lillys are an amazing celebration of women in theatre, of women creating networks of advocacy and support, of allies who show up to do the same. And if you’re going to fly back for an evening in NYC, the best company for that evening would be a room of playwright ladies like Marsha Norman, Julia Jordan, Sarah Ruhl, Jocelyn Bioh, and many many others.