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Can any woman really have it all? After grad school, Gwen built a family, Catherine a career. Twenty years later, each thinks the other chose a better life! Feminism takes a sharp look at itself in this hilarious new comedy from Gina Gionfriddo, author of Becky Shaw.

Rapture, Blister, Burn was a finalist for the 2013 Pulizer Prize.


Runtime: Approximately 2:10 including one intermission

Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
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BRENDAN AANES - Sound Designer
HEATHER BASARAB - Lighting Designer
KATE BOYD - Set Designer

ASHLEY ROGERS - Costume Designer
RORY ALDEN - Master Carpenter
MARIO CAMBERN - Sound Operator
CHARLES CLEAR - Master Electrician
CHRIS WATERS  - Production Assistant

GABRIEL MARIN* is delighted to return to Aurora where he has previously appeared in This is How it Goes, Collapse, Jack Goes Boating, The Devils Disciple, St Joan, The Glass Menagerie, and Gunplay. Locally, Marin has appeared in over 50 productions with American Conservatory Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Cal Performances, Center REPertory Company, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, San Francisco Fringe Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, TheatreWorks, The Jewish Theatre, Thick Description, Word for Word, Z Space, and many others. Marin was honored to be named Best Actor by the East Bay Express in their “Best of The East Bay 2010”, as co-MVP for 2011 by Sam Hurwitt (theIdiolect.com, Marin Independent Journal, KQED) and was awarded the Bay Area Critics Circle 2013 Outstanding Achievement in theatre for a principal actor. Marin has performed on NBC, CBS, PBS and the BBC.
LILLIAN BOGOVICH Although this is her first appearance at Aurora, Lillian has acted in theaters throughout the Bay Area for the past fifteen years. Most recently she played Maude in Harold and Maude, Ethel in On Golden Pond, both at Los Altos Stage Company, and Violet in August: Osage County at City Lights Theatre in San Jose. Lillian received her Master of Arts Degree in Speech and Drama from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., studying acting under Mercedes McCambridge. In addition, she has taught English full time for the past twenty-four years at Milpitas High School.
MARILEE TALKINGTON* performed in the world premiere of X's & O's (Centerstage, Baltimore & Berkeley Rep) and the Regional Premiere of Rapture Blister Burn (Aurora). Regionally, She has originated over 40 characters in the past 6 years and has worked with A.C.T, Crowded Fire, Center REP, Magic Theatre (where she played Master Sunflower across from Taylor Mac), Playwright's Foundation and TheatreWorks. Off-Broadway credits include A.R. Gurney's The Middle Ages and the revival of John Beluso's A Nervous Smile with TBTB. Her solo show TRUCE toured nationally and was aired on BBC4 Radio. Awards include: BATCC Award, California Center for Cultural Innovation Award, Carol Channing Trouper Award and a MacDowell Fellowship. Marilee holds her M.F.A. in Acting from A.C.T.
NICOLE JAVIER is delighted to join the Aurora family with Rapture, Blister, Burn. Ms. Javier’s most recent works include Keeper of My Heart’s Odd Secrets at Studio 210 (female ensemble), Taming of the Shrew with Shady Shakespeare (Bianca), and Some Girls with Dragon Productions (Tyler). She has also been a recurring ensemble member of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company’s ShakesBEERience, playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Ms. Javier has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University and is excited for her upcoming move to New York.
REBECCA SCHWEITZER* is thrilled to be back at Aurora, where she was seen in the West Coast Premiere of Craig Lucas’s Small Tragedy, as well as the world premiere of The First Grade, and she stepped in at the end of the run of A Delicate Balance. Most recently she was at Center REP in Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World. Other favorites include Coronado, The Story and Tigers Be Still (SF Playhouse), Angel in On the Flight Path and Cory in Private Eyes (Playhouse West), and Charlotte in Oliver (PCPA Theaterfest). Rebecca is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Her voice can be heard on various video games (The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, CSI Hard Evidence, CSI Deadly Intent, A Vampyre Story, Emerald City Confidential, Sherlock Holmes), TV and radio commercials, corporate videos, and reservation hotlines (Virgin America, Disney). This, along with all endeavors, is dedicated to her mother and grandfather whose love and support have been the foundation for her success. She would also like to thank her husband for his unwavering support.
Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists


Summarizing the history of feminism – even restricting discussion to the United States and focusing on the references in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN – means leaving out innumerable important people and events. Nevertheless, here is an abbreviated guide through feminism’s so-called three waves: from the long battle for suffrage, to the reaction against postwar expectations of marriage and childrearing, to a postmodern and postcolonial perspective.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau publishes Émile, Or Treatise on Education.


Seneca Falls Convention launches the “First Wave” of feminism in support of voting rights and equality for women.


The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, granting women the right to vote.


The Equal Rights Amendment is first introduced in the United States Congress.


The birth control pill approved for contraceptive use in the USA.


Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique, a bestselling book that articulates the dissatisfaction many women feel with the life of a homemaker, and points out that women are as capable as men. The “Second Wave” of feminism is under way, addressing cultural and social as well as legal inequities.


Civil Rights Act signed into law.


National Organization for Women founded; Betty Friedan is first President.


Gloria Steinem testifies before the US Senate in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.


Gloria Steinem founds Ms. Magazine.


Equal Rights Amendment passes Congress, moves to the states for ratification. Phyllis Schlafly founds the Stop ERA campaign to prevent its ratification. The ERA remains unratified by the necessary 38 states.


Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court legalizes abortion in the US. Nancy Friday publishes My Secret Garden, a compilation of interviews with women about sexuality and fantasies.


Rebecca Walker coins the term “Third Wave feminism” which eventually comes to include meanings such as inclusivity to non-white and LGBT perspectives, new attitudes towards pornography and sex work, and a more postmodern understanding of feminism itself.


Carol J. Clover publishes Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film.


Dr. Phil publishes Love Smart: Find the One You Want—Fix the One You Got.

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Photos by David Allen
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