Women rockers BETTY are about to make their first official plunge into theatre and face a whole new army of critics. Their BETTY Rules: "A Guy From Atlantic Wants to Sign Us!", the autobiographical tale of the girl group's adventures in rock and roll, opens July 6 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Michael Greif (Rent) directs.
Alyson Palmer and sisters Amy Ziff and Elizabeth Ziff, plus a drummer and guitarist, make up the New York band BETTY, performing a mixture of a cappella singing and spoken-word with a techno beat. In their world premiere revue, they will visit their best tunes as they tell the fifteen year story of the group's rise to cult stardom. The piece, then named BETTY Play, had a reading at New York's Public Theatre April 16.
BETTY isthe final entry in the Magic Theatre's 2000-2001 season, which opened with the world premiere of Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss. That production starred Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and Cheech Marin.
Performances began June 20 for a run through July 29. Tickets are $15 $30. The Magic Theatre is located on the third floor of Building D at the Fort Mason Center. For reservations, call (415) 441 8822. The Magic Theatre is on the web at http://www.magictheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren