Sometimes, you wait 3 months to sleep in…… and it’s just as good as you thought it would be.
Mug by Yuko Torii, who gifted one to each of the Betties + Donahue, and who is our collective hero:
MCC does some fancy film-making:
Must close 10/7.
Happy opening to The Betties!
Photobomb on a rooftop with the one, the only, the inimitable… Jessica Chase
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!
After-hours and backstage:
Jojo Karlin, human miracle:
All 5 Betties… as their pussies? Art by Yuko Torii. I love it when visual artists come to plays.
The past three weeks feels like one long day, in which a variety of things occurred:
Donahue confers with my replacement.
Some of the brilliant lady designers of Collective Rage
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.
I’m either in rehearsal at MCC, in rehearsal at Williamstown, on an Amtrak going between the two, or completely lost in a miasma of confusion, texting various company managers and asking them where I am/ should be.
Mike Donahue, Ana Villafañe (Betty 3), Adina Verson (Betty 2), Lea Delaria (Betty 4), Dana Delany (Betty 1), Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5)
Saheem Ali with Alfie Fuller (Noxolo) and Samira Wiley (Pretty Mbane)
Mandy Greenfield with Michael Braun (Gregory), Alfie Fuller (Noxolo)
When your friend is living a more exciting life than you are, and it brings him into contact with a few of your plays, which are also living more exciting lives, and which he helped bring into the world: