Antic Face today announce that Johnnie Fiori will play Betty 4 alongside Sara Stewart (Betty 1), Lucy McCormick (Betty 2), Beatriz Romilly (Betty 3) and Genesis Lynea (Betty 5) in the UK première of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage. Nina Wadia has had to regretfully withdraw from the production due to scheduling conflicts. The production opens in the Large at Southwark Playhouse on 29 January, with previews from 24 January and runs until 17 February.
COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES
*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.
Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream?
In Collective Rage the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah”. As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this outrageous comedy exquisitely rejects shame and stereotype. It will punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing.
Jen Silverman’s theatre work includes The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre, Susan Blackburn Smith Award Finalist), The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Phoebe in Winter(Clubbed Thumb), The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre – Barrymore Award), Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties (Woolly Mammoth and The Theater @ Boston Court), and All the Road Home (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).
Johnnie Fiori plays Betty 4. Her theatre credits include originating the role of Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Also at the Shaftesbury Theatre credits includeThoroughly Modern Millie and 125th Street. Other theatre credits include The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre), Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios). For television, her work includes Episodes and Lost in London; and for film, Powder Room. In addition to acting, Fiori has also had an extensive singing career.