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. Most recently, Judy completed a very successful three week run of the play at the Jermyn St. Theatre in the West End of London in Feb. 2018. In March of 2018, Judy performed in Untold Stories of Jewish Women at The Museum of jewish Heritage in NYC in collaboration with 365 Women a Year (A Playwriting Project), National Yiddish Folksbiene, and Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. In August of this year, she will be doing three performances of the play at THE BRIDGE STREET THEATRE in Catskill, NY, and in September 2018, she will be performing at the Rochester Fringe Festival.