Rapture, Blister, Burn

by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Virginia Drake
May 18-June 18, 2017. No performance May 21.
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Production sponsored by Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch.

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Three generations of women find common ground in “Rapture, Blister, Burn”: from left, Avery (Ivette Deltoro), Alice (Lillian Bogovich) and Catherine (Kristin Brownstone). Photo by Taylor Sanders.

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Why you should see Rapture, Blister, Burn

Because it deals with the hot topic of gender politics without losing its humor or heart.
Because the New York Times called the play “intensely smart, immensely funny.”
Because this cast is fab and includes City Lights favorites Deb Anderson (Annie in Calendar Girls), Kristin Brownstone (Mrs. Kendal, The Elephant Man), and Ivette Deltoro (Caroline, I & You).
Because you’re showing your support for strong women and smart conversation. It’s the next best thing to attending a Women’s March.

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Synopsis

Catherine wants what her friend Gwen has: a husband and children. Maybe. Gwen wants to be what Catherine is: a famous academic and cultural pundit. Toss in Catherine’s widowed but feisty mother, a young reality-TV maker, Gwen’s flawed husband, feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis, and you have the makings of this unflinching, witty look at modern gender politics and the pain and frustrations we go through to find happiness.

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What people are saying about our production

“Witty, excellent play delivered with panache by fine cast.”  -John Orr, Regarding Arts

“The funny side of feminism … Gionfriddo’s dialogue is sharp and pleasingly snappy.”  -Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News

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Cast

Kristin Brownstone (Catherine)
Deb Anderson (Gwen)
Lillian Bogovich (Alice)
Ivette Deltoro (Avery)
Erik Gandolfi (Don)

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Men are from where? Gwen (Deb Anderson), Alice (Lillian Bogovich), Catherine (Kristin Brownstone) and Avery (Ivette Deltoro) have very different views about modern women’s roles in life and relationships. Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo.

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More information and special events

Rapture, Blister, Burn runs May 18-June 18, 2017.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (No show on May 21.)
Be sure to budget time for the reception on stage after every performance!
Tickets: $19-$42. Discounts for seniors (55+), students, educators and groups of 10+. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.) Your ticket price includes a $2 facility fee to help cover maintenance and upgrade costs on our aging building. Thank you for your support!

Parking and seating: 
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose for more options. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Special events:
Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m.
$19 Preview Night: Friday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Opening Night (with a post-show party catered by San Jose’s. Cafe Stritch) Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m.
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Friday, May 26: On this date, we will donate a portion of ticket sales to Northside Theatre Company, our nonprofit partner for this production. Attend on this night (or put a donation in the box at any performance) to support our fellow San Jose artists as they rebuild after the February floods.
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Sunday, May 28: A talkback with the cast following the 2 p.m. matinee.

 

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