Purple Glasses

PURPLE GLASSES is a New York-based production company specializing in narrative feature films, television projects and plays that feature strong female characters. 

We seek to nurture female writers, directors and producers and develop projects with a focus on female character driven stories.



“A clever refurbishing of the living-room play in which a marriage begins and ends in the time it takes a bathtub to be delivered.” - Plays to See

Beautiful Pasadena will receive a fully-staged production in the SheNYCArts NY Theater Festival in June, 2019.

Performances: Wednesday, June 26 at 7 PM and Saturday June 29 at 3:30 PM. Purchase tickets here.

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Here is our official announcement on Broadway World and click here to watch Jen’s official interview about the play.

Beautiful Pasadena tells the story of a marriage in crisis at the start of the economic collapse in 2008.

As Will begins an extensive remodel on their apartment at The Castle Green, a historic building in Pasadena, he and his wife, Rachel, up for promotion at her law firm, clash over politics, family and world values. As they wait for an expensive bathtub to arrive from overseas, their marriage, the economy and their bathroom begin to crumble around them.

LOGLINE: In 2008, a couple sinks thousands of dollars into a remodel for their historic apartment in Pasadena just as the economy and their marriage collapse.


We are raising money to pay our actors, director, creative team and to cover costs of rehearsal space, and set pieces that include a bathtub, sink and a toilet. Yes, the play takes place in a bathroom!

We accept checks made out to Purple Glasses, LLC or contributions through PayPal. A tax-deductible option is available through New York Women in Film & TV.

If you’d like to mail a check, please email Jen Rudin at here for the Purple Glasses Productions mailing address.

As an incentive for contributions:

  • We will list your name in the program.

  • For contributions of $250 and above, Jen will personally deliver you a signed copy of her book Confessions of a Casting Director or you may choose to book a complimentary private coaching session for auditions or career coaching for parents of young actors.


  • In January, 2019, Ensemble Studio Theatre produced a sold-out reading directed by Jamie Richards.

  • The play’s location is inspired by the historic Castle Green in Pasadena.

  • A ten-minute version of the play, originally titled Freeway, was produced in February, 2017 by Artistic New Directions, directed by Terry Milner.

  • The play was developed while Jen Rudin was earning her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU.

Jen Rudin, Writer/ ProducEr/ Casting Director

Jen Rudin is an award-winning writer and casting director who began her decades-long career in show business as a child actor at age eight. Rudin is the author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets From Inside the Audition Room (HarperCollins) and pens a monthly column for Backstage on voice over casting.

Rudin's TV pilot Lucy in the Sky is a recipient of the 2016 Sloan Foundation Writing Award and the 2017 Fusion Film Festival award and now a short film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Curtin, Danny Burstein, Kelly Hu, Isabella Russo, Quinn McColgan and Zoe Margaret Colletti. Her original pilot Starring Chloe Fisher is a recipient of a 2016 Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation award. Full-length plays include My Goddamn Bat Mitzvah, All the Greenberg Girls and Beautiful Pasadena. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU in May 2017.

Jen Rudin on the red carpet at the 2019 Casting Society of America Artios awards.

Jen Rudin on the red carpet at the 2019 Casting Society of America Artios awards.

June, 2019 in New York City.

June, 2019 in New York City.

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