30 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
Bernie and Evelyn are loving their road trip to celebrate forty-two years of marriage when they get lost somewhere in South Dakota. Their evening spent at a second-rate motel reveals a first-rate relationship. It’s a lively and hilarious show with very spirited characters! Bernie and the Beast was commissioned by the Actors Theatre in Louisville, KY and premiered at Rochester Productions in Rochester, NY.
Why Marsha Sheiness wrote the play:
Bernie and Evelyn were my cousins and I always thought they were the two funniest people in our family. I wrote the play because I was fascinated by their strong and loving long-term relationship and wanted others to see their depth and humor!
About the playwright:
With a BA in Speech and Drama, Sheiness began her professional career as an actress in Los Angeles performing both on stage and television. After moving to New York City she toured with the National Repertory Theatre Company under the direction of Margaret Webster, performing onstage with Eva Le Gallienne, Sylvia Sydney and Leora Dana. She was Artistic Director of The Young People’s Theatre at The Harbor Playhouse in Corpus Christi, Texas and Interim AD of The Harbor Playhouse. She has directed many productions of her own work as well as Bus Stop, Little Shop Of Horrors, and The Miracle Worker. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, on television, and in community, regional, high school, and university theatres across the United States.