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 are thrilled to announce that Tom Littler, the artistic director of the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, has invited us to perform the show there for three weeks in January/February of 2018.