Peggy Guggenheim Comes To Life In Lanie Robertson's WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS
Hang onto your hats! Actress Judy Rosenblatt channels Peggy Guggenheim in "Woman Before a Glass", a play by Lanie Robertson, coming to Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre for three performances only August 10-12, 2018.
Larger-than-life. Art (and artist) addict. The original "poor little rich girl" Peggy Guggenheim always did exactly what she wanted to do, pretty unusual for a woman born in 1898. A wealthy New Yorker (although definitely not as wealthy as some of those other Guggenheims), she married twice and had children but devoted most of her adult life to her modern-art collection and to love affairs, frequently with the men who created the artworks she collected. She opened her heart (and her bed) to some of the greatest artistic minds of the twentieth century, claiming to have had affairs with Samuel Beckett, Yves Tanguy, and numerous others.
"Just prior to its hugely successful London engagement, Judy Rosenblatt invited us to watch a run-through of the play, which she performed entirely in her apartment in New York City's Flatiron District. Even with no lighting and minimal sets and props, the show totally blew us away. It's one of those performances where you completely forget you're watching an actor and not Peggy Guggenheim herself up on that stage. Phenomenal! We knew instantly that we had to bring it to our theatre," says BST Associate Artist Steven Patterson. "Bridge Street has established a growing reputation for presenting biographical - and autobiographical - plays about strong, fascinating female characters. 'Woman Before a Glass' adds yet another magnificent portrait to this gallery. Hop on board for what promises to be a WILD ride!"
Directed by theatrical legend Austin Pendleton, written by Lanie Robertson (whose "Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill" recently appeared on Broadway starring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday), and coming to Catskill straight from a smash hit run at London's Jermyn Street Theatre, "Woman Before a Glass" is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of a vivid and utterly astonishing female. Three performances only - Friday August 10th and Saturday August 11th at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 12th at 2:00 in the afternoon - at the Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY. Tickets can be reserved in advance for $22 online at woman.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance for $25, subject to availability. Students ages 21 and under pay only $10. For more details, visit the theatre online at BridgeSt.org.
Events and performances in Bridge Street Theatre's 2018 Season are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Greene County Cultural Fund, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.