CRAZY BETTY is a darkly humorous play written by award-winning El Dorado County playwright Charlotte Higgins and directed by the acclaimed Maggie Upton. The play will premiere at the California Stage on Friday, October 1 and run for three weekends.
In the play, Betty and Annie, a generation apart, are bound together by the death of someone they loved. Reunited after 10 years, they try to forge a friendship and help each other beat a system stacked against them. All Betty wants from her dollar store job is a decent shift and health insurance. Annie, fresh out of prison, can’t get work any place but the local strip club. The two women try to outrun their past but find it’s been lying in wait all along.
The play features the talents of local actors Georgann Wallace, Vannah Nettel, Devon Machado, Eason Donner and Frank Swaringen.
Playwright Charlotte Higgins is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America; the International Centre for Women Playwrights; and Honor Roll, an advocacy group for women playwrights over 40. She wrote and performed with San Francisco’s Writers Who Act; was an artist-in-residence with Z Space Studio and was a founding member of the former Reality Check theater company. Her plays have been performed in New York, San Francisco, Sacramento and throughout the United States. Additionally she has been an O’Neill finalist and received recognition from various national theater festivals and competitions.
Director Maggie Upton has been well-known in the regional theatre community for many years as a director, actor and teacher. Maggie appeared in Leading Ladies (Best Supporting Actor, Ellies); directed Juno and the Paycock for CalStage; and directed Charlotte Higgins’ Birmingham Blues, to mention only a few of the numerous theater projects she has worked on. She is also the proud recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from SARTA.