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The 2017 Champagne Staged Reading Series
Collective Rage: 
A Play in Five Betties
Written by  Jen Silverman  
Directed by Brady Brophy-Hilton

January 8 & 9
Doors at 6 PM; Performance at 7 PM

Five women. Five iconic Betty Boops, yet all distinctly different: femme, butch, lesbian, straight, all exploring sexuality, relationships, boxing, and THEA-TUH. Here is the full title: Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops; 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 Pussy and It’s Sort of Like That. In 2017, Shotgun is grabbing back.

Jen Silverman  is a New York-based playwright raised in Asia, Europe, and Scandinavia and the United States. Her work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm, off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb, regionally at InterAct, and commissioned and produced by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School/ NYU.  The Roommate  was selected for the 2015 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges, Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, The Lark, and Youngblood/EST, was a workspace resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and received a Playwriting Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her play  The Hunters  was selected for the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage). Her play  Still  won the 2013 Yale Drama Series Award, and was published by Yale University Press. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and a Leah Ryan / Lilly Award. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.   


The 2018 Champagne Staged Reading Series

Hurricane Diane
By Madeleine George
Monday April 23 &
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7PM
Some Incredible Play Reading
By a playwright who will set your imagination on fire
Monday, June 11 &
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7PM
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Monday, July 30 &
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7PM

The Secretaries
By The Five Lesbian Brothers
(Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey)
Monday, November 5 &
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7PM

The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Emily Mann
Monday, January 14 &
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7PM


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★ A glass of champagne at each of the four remaining readings
★ A reserved premium seat
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Series Coordinators
Leigh Rondon-Davis & Michelle Talgarow
Series Sponsors
Mark Chaitkin  & Cecilia Storr, Kathleen Kahn, Richard Nelson & Jan Berman, Stanley & Miriam Schiffman,
Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth, Alex, Electra, and Lucy White