"Rebel With a Cause"--Chicago Stage and Cinema
BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES, written by and starring Jessica Sherr, is a 90-minute one-woman show about the 1930’s icon, Bette Davis, on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards. Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in “Dark Victory”, and the Los Angeles Times -LEAKED the OSCAR winners EARLY... the BOLD, DEFIANT and DISILLUSIONED, Bette Davis decides to leave the Oscars!
BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES is an up close and personal conversation with the two-time Oscar winning and ten-time Oscar nominated actress, Bette Davis.
Embodying the screen heroine is actress and playwright, Jessica Sherr, the image of a young Bette, who brings us into the 60-year history of “The First Lady of the American Screen”. Back in her Hollywood home, Jessica Sherr, powerfully channels Ms. Davis fuming and frustrated, she takes us on a bumpy ride that portrays a tumultuous entry onto the Silver Screen. In these private moments we get a look at the vulnerable and injured side of the great star, imprisoned by her own ambition, who may often be knocked down, but will not stay down and complain like a sissy. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious starlet fighting her way to the top!! See what happens when someone who always wins...loses.
BDAFS had it’s international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 performing at The Fiddlers Elbow in Scotland, “BDAFS offers us a beautiful window into the past from which we can see not only the beauty of the film days gone by, but the gritty underbelly of an exploitative industry”—Fringe Review. The show was well received and returned to Scotland August 2014 and 2015 to The Prestigious Assembly Rooms gardening 5-Star Reviews, "Sherr is a tour-de-force"--The Quotidian Times. St. James Theater in London got wind of the show and offered BDAFS a special engagement to perform in London, "Very Strong Piece"—St. James Theatre.
In 2015-Current, BDAFS currently touring Performing Arts Centers around the United States ranging from 300 to 700 seat theaters, “Fantastic”—John W. Engeman Theater. “Thoroughly Entertaining”—The Cabot Theater. "Absolutely Wonderful"--The Tobin Center.
In June 2017 BDAFS had a successful 4-week run at The Athenaeum Theater in Chicago, “is a fascinating look at Davis’s life and career”—Chicago Theater and Arts.
In 2018 BDAFS was commissioned to return to The Athenaeum Theater with an extended version of the show. Actress and Writer, Jessica Sherr, “whose Davis isn't quite like any you've seen, adding a bright comic energy" --Chicago Reader, spent the last year writing and has extended the piece from 65 minutes to 90-minutes. Jessica presented her extended version of the show in May 2018 receiving excellent reviews, "Bette Davis Is Bad-Ass"-The Fourth Walsh. Chicago Sun Times wrote a beautiful two page article featuring Jessica as Bette Davis “Creative types will testify to the fact that inspiration can sometimes come from the oddest places. That odd moment for actress Jessica Sherr came in the form of a comment that would send her on a path she never expected”—Chicago Suntimes
BDAFS sold out The Invisible Theater in Tucson, Arizona November 2018
BDAFS continues it’s monthly Residency at The Episcopal Actors Guild in New York