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Welcome To Betty's Diner
What if you went backwards in time and didn’t feel like coming back? This is the question facing Olivia, a nostalgia-obsessed millennial who has just stumbled upon a defunct diner in the New Mexico desert along Route 66. One touch of a dusty, wall-mounted telephone and she’s suddenly whisked away to 1958. While her road-tripping friend in 2021 tries to rework the magic and bring her back to the present, Olivia adjusts to the world of Santa Rosita in an era of poodle skirts, slick-haired hooligans, and golden oldies.
At Betty’s Diner, a beloved eatery at the edge of the small town, Olivia gets her fill of eccentric locals, like the pageant queen past her prime and her delinquent boyfriend, or the tough-but-compassionate owner and the World War II veteran in love with her. But in Donna, a monster movie-loving proto-feminist, Olivia finds a reason to stay behind, falling in love with her despite the era’s societal norms.
Grab a booth, order a milkshake, and Welcome to Betty’s Diner.
Developed through the Cafe Nordo Slow Cooker
(available in Staged and Virtual versions)
“Do you want to move in with me?”
“Will you marry me?”
“Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?”
“I want a divorce.”
Four people, four moments in a romantic relationship, four tough decisions. A young actor coming down from a breakup contemplates the cost of his career of moving in with his dashing director. A photographer, stuck working at a department store, considers a marriage proposal from the high school sweetheart who may not have her best interests at heart. A washed-up singer reflects on the disaster of his first marriage just seconds away from his second. A failed writer’s struggle with depression threatens to ruin the one good thing in her life—her wife.
Through a series of seriocomic monologues, this play wonders about the sacrifices we all make in search of stability.