Sisters Liz and Bernie couldn’t be more different: Liz is a polite, southern stay-at-home mom; Bernie is a flailing actress smoking and swearing her way through New York City. But when Liz is suddenly widowed, she and her young daughter move in with Bernie to start again. While Bernie challenges all of Liz’s assumptions about life, love, and raising a child, Liz goes out on a series of internet dates which eclipse the grief, fear, and gentility she’s known for so long. Can Liz compel her own story to end like a romance novel? This new comedy asks us to imagine how we might handle the curveballs – big and small – that life throws us.
"[...] irreverent sense of humor spiked with a dollop of Southern sass." - The Boston Globe, Read More
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: Present day. Brooklyn
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Casting2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
LILY EBERWINE - F, 6 years old. Liz's outgoing, curious, and playful daughter. Also Southern.
BERNIE HOLLIS - F, 32 years old. Bernie, Liz's older sister, was born and raised in Mississippi, but relocated herslef to New York when she was 18. The life of the party, up for anything…as long as she doesn't have to stay too long. Bernie has some bad tattoos. Wild spring breaks, Boone's Farm Wine product and throw down games of truth or dare have left their mark.
JAKE/ CHARLES/ MYRON - M, 30ish years old. Jake is from Boston and a personal trainer. A go-getter and ready to transform your life. / Charles is from Upstate New York and lives in Brookyn. HE is really into the Brooklyn artisinal scene and just cool as shit. / Myron is an old-fashioned romantic. A jazz trumpet player who pays the bills by playing in the orchestra of Wicked.
CECILIA EBERWINE - F, 55 years old. Liz's mohher-in-law. A Southern belle through and through. A sparkplug, but always polite. The boss and never without her pearls.
BOBBY EBERWINE - M, 55 years old. Liz's father-in-law. Southern A teddy bear. A funny, funny man with a great laugh and a big heart.
- Roles for Children
Romance Novels for Dummies premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamston, MA in July 2016 under the direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel.