About The Play


RUNNING TIME: 1.5 hours  

Rebelling against her wealthy NY upbringing, indulging her uncanny eye for great art and artists, and becoming the énfant térrible of the modern art scene, Peggy Guggenheim lived a life almost too amazing to be believed. With humor, heartbreak and grand hauteur, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS offers the unforgettable story of the woman who discovered, encouraged and subsidized many of the greatest Expressionist and Surrealist painters of the first half of the Twentieth century, and was responsible for smuggling her enormous collection out of Europe and out of  the hands of the Nazis - the story of a woman before her time.   

Performance history

The First New York Revival of WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS was directed by Austin Pendleton and featured Judy Rosenblatt at the Abingdon Theatre and The United Solo Festival in 2011.  Austin won Best Director at the Festival and shared the prize with Ms. Rosenblatt. The actress  was selected to do a segment of WOMAN at the Alliance for Jewish Theatre conference in December of 2014. We have been contacted by several producers for  future bookings, among them Kathleen Marshall at  the Geffen. We are currently in negotiations with Tom Littler at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London regarding a three week run of the show for the winter or  spring 2018.