“BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES” DIRECTED BY KAREN CARPENTER TO STREAM FRIDAY, 3.26 ON BROADWAY ON DEMAND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE ONE-WOMAN POWERHOUSE PRODUCTION
“BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES”
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JESSICA SHERR
DIRECTED BY KAREN CARPENTER
DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
FRIDAY, MARCH 26 AT 8:00 PM ET
BROADWAY ON DEMAND
New York, NY (March 23, 2021) – Broadway On Demand, the industry-leading theater streaming platform, presents Jessica Sherr’s one-woman powerhouse production, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, directed by Drama Desk Award winner Karen Carpenter (Love Loss and What I Wore) during Women’s History Month, premiering this Friday, March 26 at 8:00 PM ET.
In the 90-minute Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies Jessica Sherr (“Claws,” “Blue Bloods,” “Cloak & Dagger” BC) channels 31-year-old Bette Davis’ fight against the male-dominated studio system. 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.
See what happens when someone who always wins…loses.
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.
Written and performed by Sherr, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies had its international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a successful 4-week run in Chicago.
Premiere tickets are $21.45 and can be purchased at BroadwayOnDemand.com.
Following the March 26 premiere, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies will be available On Demand through April 26, 2021 at $21.45 per ticket.
“Sherr is a One-Woman Revolution”
– Windy City Times
“Sherr is a tour-de-force”
– The Quotidian Times
“Bette Davis Is Bad-Ass”
– The Fourth Walsh
“An enlightening portrait of a trailblazing feminist
who is indelibly etched upon our collective mind”
– Broadway World
“Sherr incarnates the rebel with a cause”
– Chicago Stage and Cinema
“Audiences will find themselves mesmerized by this animated, energetic performer. Resembling Bette Davis during her younger years, Ms. Sherr easily becomes the feisty, uncompromising movie star as she spills the beans on the inner workings of Hollywood during the Golden Years.”
– Chicago Theatre Review
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