Looking Glass Theatre, celebrating almost 20 years of productions strengthening the voice of women in theater and the arts, proudly presents Betsy Is Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, BORED!, a new play for children exploring the power of imagination written by Judy Sheehan, one of the original cast members and creators of the longest-running Off-Broadway show Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Looking Glass resident director Amanda Thompson directs the production, which opens Saturday, October 16 and runs through Sunday, November 21 with performances Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm, Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. TDF vouchers are accepted. Running time is approximately 50 minutes without intermission; show is appropriate for ages 3-10.
As the play begins, audiences of all ages meet poor Betsy, who is stuck at home on a rainy Saturday, when her parents say the single most annoying thing any parent can say: use your imagination. Hah! Betsy imagines herself as a star balloon baseball player, a famous Egyptologist, and a scientist/inventor with a talking cat for a best friend. It’s all fun and games until her imagination comes to life and moves in with the family. Imagination is way more powerful than Betsy ever suspected. Parents: be warned. After seeing this show, your kids might unleash the power of imagination. Yikes!
Playwright Judy Sheehan, the tenth of 12 children, has written many works, including two plays for kids: I Hate Spinach and Betsy Blue or I Was A 9-Year Old Blues Diva, both produced at Looking Glass Theatre. She’s written numerous other plays, including Alice In Ireland and What To Do About Nothing. Sheehan is also the author of two novels: ...And Baby Makes Two and Women In Hats, both published by Ballantine.
Director Amanda Thompson is a New York City based director and acting teacher. At Looking Glass Theatre, she has instructed two sessions of acting interns and directed numerous productions in the Writer/Director Forum including Badger and Maddy, Potato Girl, and Ampersand: a Romeo & Juliet Story Acts One and Two (winning Best Direction and Best Production among other Forum awards). Her other NYC credits include Hatching (Fringe Festival), Dismemberment (Player’s Theatre), Dismissing Robert Fink and Litmus (Manhattan Rep Theatre), and Baldy (Abingdon Theatre). Thompson has also assisted for directors Lear Desbessonet and Rachel Dickstein, and playwright (and Obie-winning actor) Heidi Schreck.
This new production features an ensemble of Looking Glass rookie and veteran performers, including Toccara Castleman, Suzee Dunn, Ryan McCurdy, Jacquelyn Schultz and Mary Beth Walsh. Creative team includes: Lexi K. Hubb (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Christina Neubrand (Assistant Director/Stage Manager) and Ryan Metzler (Lighting Designer).
LOOKING GLASS THEATRE - Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season. The New York Times called Looking Glass Theatre’s Adventures of the Puppet Princess“charming” and “a substantial introduction to the culture of Bali.” In June 2006, Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.
About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre
Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom
Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm
Sundays at 2pm and 4pm
Theater: Looking Glass Theatre
Address: 422 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
Cost:$15 adults, $12 children 12 and under
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