COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES
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By Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue

With Dana Delany
Lea DeLaria
Adina Verson
Ana Villafañe
Chaunté Wayans

Set Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Dede Ayite  
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever   
Sound Design by Palmer Hefferan
Projection Design by Caite Hevner
Prop Master Joshua Yocom

Production Stage Manager Lori Ann Zepp
Stage Manager Veronica Lee
Casting Telsey + Company / Adam Caldwell, CSA, Will Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA

Jen Silverman’s (Playwright) work includes The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre premiere, The Playwrights Realm NYC premiere), The Roommater (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival, upcoming at Steppenwolf), Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth premiere, Southwark Playhouse UK premiere), Dangerous House (InterAct Theatre premiere, upcoming at Williamstown Theatre Festival, winner of a Steinberg Citation), and Witch (upcoming with Writers Theatre in Chicago). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, an affiliated artist with The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Playpenn, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Jen has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of interlinked stories (The Island Dwellers, pub date May 1) and a novel. She currently writes for film and TV. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com

Mike Donahue (Director) is a New York-based director. NYC credits include: world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC, The Geffen and Denver Center, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Ovation Award Nomination); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth); Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Playwrights Realm – NYC premiere), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally, world premieres of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (Woolly Mammoth) and The Roommate (Humana, Williamstown); Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre), The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre) and Swimmers (Marin); and Matthew Lopez’s Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center). Mike is a recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama League Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons.  Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama.

Dana Delany (Betty 1) made her mark on ABC’s critically acclaimed series “China Beach” (2-time Emmy Award® winner and 4-time nominee). She has also starred on “Body of Proof” (ABC), “Hand of God” (Amazon), and “Desperate Housewives” (ABC). Other television credits include: “Pasadena” (FOX), “Kidnapped” (NBC), “Family Law” (CBS; Emmy® nomination), and “Une Chance de Trop” (Netflix). Delany made her Broadway debut in Hugh Leonard’s A Life. Other theater credits include: Blood Moon (NY, LA), Translations (Broadway), Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe), Dinner With Friends (NY, LA, Boston), Things We Said Today (EST), The Parisian Woman (South Coast Repertory) and The Night of the Iguana (ART Cambridge). Delany’s film credits include: Tombstone, Housesitter, Fly Away Home, Light Sleeper, and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Delany is known for her voiceover work as Lois Lane in “Superman,” “The Batman/Superman Adventures,” “Justice League,” and “The Batman.” With a strong belief in the importance of supporting writers who have a unique voice, Delany also serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Lea DeLaria (Betty 4) currently appears as Big Boo on the hit Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” The role has garnered her three SAG Awards. Her other TV credits include Showtime’s “Shameless,” “Californication,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” IFC’s “Baroness Von Sketch,” MTV’s “Awkward,” Cartoon Network’s “Clarence,” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” “Will and Grace,” and “Friends.” Selected film credits include the voice of ‘Miss Fritter’ in Pixar’s Cars 3, Support The Girls, First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, and Edge of Seventeen. DeLaria appeared on Broadway as Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, and as Hildy in the Public Theatre’s On the Town (Obie, Theatre World Awards). Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label; her sixth, House of David, was released in 2015. @realleadelaria www.leadelaria.com

Adina Verson (Betty 2) Broadway: Indecent. New York and Regional: The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, Lortel nomination), Christopher Bayes' The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, ArtsEmerson), Indecent (Vineyard, La Jolla, Yale Rep), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC), The Winter’s Tale (Yale Rep), 4000 Miles (Cincinnati Playhouse), peerless (Barrington Stage) and Machine Makes Man (OldSoundRoom), which she co-created with Michael McQuilken. TV and Film: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Strain,” “Wormwood,” The Kitchen. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Ana Villafañe (Betty 3) recently shot the lead role in the Sony Television Studios/CBS Studios/CBS half-hour multi-camera pilot “History of Them”, written and executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett. Last Fall, Ana closed her Broadway debut as ‘Gloria Estefan’ in the Tony nominated hit bio-musical about Gloria’s life, On Your Feet!, directed by Jerry Mitchell. She has received across-the-board rave reviews for her ‘supernova’ performance in the show. Prior to On Your Feet!, Ana starred in the Open Road feature, Max Steel directed by Stewart Hendler, and has appeared on “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon).

Chaunté Wayans (Betty 5) is a comedian, writer and actress who proudly represents the new generation of Wayans’ legacy. She was last seen in the film 50 Shades of Black, with other film and television credits including Hollywood Misconceptions, Dance Flick, TLC's “Trading Spaces,” Bounce TV's “Off the Chain” and Nicktoon's animated series, “The Boo Crew.” As a comedian, she tours nationally with her unique brand of comedy featuring comedic veterans such as Katt Williams, Russell Peters, and her uncles Marlon, Shawn and Damon Wayans. Her comedic talent led her to become a featured cast member on MTV’s hit sketch comedy series “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out.” Chaunte can also be seen on the Katt Williams special “Kattpacalypse.” Chaunte showcased as a writer as part of CBS’ Diversity Showcase 2017.  She was recently featured on BET’s 50 Cents "50 Central" and on TruTV's "Laff Tracks."

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