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

·       Abingdon Theatre, New York City – May 13th-29th, 2011

·       United Solo Festival, New York City – October 2011

  • Austin Pendleton won Best Director & shared the prize with Judy

·       34th Annual International Association for Jewish Theatre Conference in Wash., D.C. – December 7-10th, 2014

·       Jermyn Street Theatre, London – January 17th - February 3rd, 2018

·       Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC: Untold Stories of Jewish Women - March 2018

  • in collaboration with 365 Women a Year (a Playwriting Project), National Yiddish Folksbiene, and Women in the Arts & Media Coalition

·       The Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, NY – August 8th-12th, 2018

·       School of Arts: Rochester Fringe Festival – September 13th-15th, 2018