It’s the 1939 Academy Awards and the Los Angeles Times have leaked the winners early: Bette Davis will lose to Vivien Leigh. With newspaper in hand, Davis decides to leave the awards ceremony early. Once at home, Davis, disillusioned and frustrated; now grapples with memories of past lovers, confidants and mentors. She experiences what happens when someone who always wins…loses. Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies offers audiences a rare insight into the mind of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. With humor and unabashed frankness Sherr journeys into Bette Davis’ battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the Hollywood studio moguls, studio executives, and her mother Ruthie in a “dynamic performance” that is “mesmerizing to watch” (Edinburgh Guide) and “worthy of an Oscar” (Mumble Theater). “The magnificently witty” (The List) and “tour de force” (Quotidian Times) performer and creator Sherr introduces audiences to a previously unseen side of Hollywood’s Bette Davis: one that is vulnerable, insecure and imprisoned by ambition.
Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 - $34 and available at AthenaeumTheatre.org. For more information on the production go to BetteDavisAintForSissies.com.