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Wed, June 29, 2016

19:00 – 20:00

Courtyard, Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi
50122 Firenze, ITALIA

Rebelling against her wealthy New York upbringing, indulging her uncanny eye for great art and artists and becoming the enfant terrible of the modern art scene, Peggy Guggenheim lived a life almost too amazing to be believed.

Drinking, name-dropping, art, men and the men who make art – with humour, heartbreak, and grand hauteur, Anita Carey’s selected readings of Woman Before a Glass by Laney Robertson offers the sensational and unforgettable story of a woman before her time.

Directed by Mark Wing-Davey.

Produced in collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi for the exhibition Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections.

"Woman Before a Glass"

Staged readings

Featured Biographies

Anita Carey


Anita Carey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her theater credits include: Tribes and Gower in Pericles (Berkeley Rep, California); The Daughter in Law (The New Vic); Gong Donkey (The Bush Theatre); Habeus Corpus (Northampton);  Stargazy Pien and Sauerkraut and Other Worlds (The Royal Court); The Importance of Being Earnest (The Watermill); Death of a Salesman and Misalliance (Birmingham Rep); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nottingham Playhouse/ Colchester); Shirley Valentine (The Swan, Worcester); A Mongrel’s Heart (Edinburgh Lyceum); Hobson’s Choice (West End); and Richard III (Northern Broadsides). Anita played series regular Vivien March in Doctors (BBC), for which she won “Best Dramatic Performance” at the British Soap Awards. Other notable screen credits include: Talk To Me (Company); The State Within (BBC); M̀idsomer Murders (ITV); The Murder Room (BBC); L̀ast of the Summer Wine (BBC); Heartbeat (Yorkshire); Coronation Street (ITV); Band of Gold (Granada); Poirot (LWT); Ordeal By Innocence (Cannon Film); and Still Crazy (Colombia Pictures).

Mark Wing-Davey


Mark Wing-Davey lives in New York for most of the year, though he maintains a presence in the UK and Europe.
He first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1991 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop, for which he received an OBIE, following up with Owners and The Skriker. Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Sarah Ruhl, Mona Mansour, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deveare Smith, Brett C. Leonard, Keith Reddin, Tony Kushner, Howard Korder, and Craig Lucas, among others.
Mr. Wing-Davey is also the chair of the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he premiered Tony Kushner’s music theater work, The Henry Box Brown Play (September 2010), Adam Rapp’s new play The Eggs: A Fantasy of Love & Death in the Age of Amelioration (November 2013), and  Sarah Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life (2015)He is currently working with Caryl Churchill on her version of a rarely performed Genet play, The Screens. He will direct a new production of Scenes from Court Life to open Yale Rep’s 2016/17 season.