Trapped by studio system who owned her, Bette Davis is a groundbreaking feminist, who wrestled with the movie studios to fight for equal pay for woman.
On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Bette Davis returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara, because the press has leaked the winners. Miss Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top. Witness Bette triumph over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her male counterparts.
Through conversations with her mother Ruthie, her friendship with Olivia De Havilland, stories about her love affair with William Wyler, her four failed marriages, her unpleasant relationship with her daughter, ageism in Hollywood, and her feelings of regret about her groundbreaking court case with Warner Brothers (which she lost), we experience Bette’s most defining moments and her at her most vulnerable.
Bette Davis was a force to be reckoned with, on and off the screen. She was a trailblazer, the first of her kind to break the glass ceiling for women in the entertainment industry. Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies offers audiences a humanizing look into the mind of an icon whose voice could not remain silent. Though her battles and victories were generations ago, her story is an inspiration that empowers all humans to fight for what they believe in, fair treatment, and never be defined by someone else’s expectations of you.
Written and Performed by Jessica Sherr
Directed by Karen Carpenter
Approx Running Time: 75 Minutes
Genre: Solo Play, Theater, Tribute Show, Storytelling
Please Note: the venue has a 2-beverage minimum per person.