Romance Novels for Dummies

by  Boo Killebrew

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f, 1girl(s)

"[...] irreverent sense of humor spiked with a dollop of Southern sass." - The Boston Globe

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Romance Novels for Dummies

by  Boo Killebrew

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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"[...] irreverent sense of humor spiked with a dollop of Southern sass." - The Boston Globe, Read More 


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • 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


2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
LIZ EBERWINE - F, 29 years old.  Southern. Determined to maintain a sunny disposition.
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. 
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Boo Killebrew

Boo Killebrew is a playwright, actress, and co-founder of CollaborationTown Theatre Company. Boo was a Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and the recipient of The Paula Vogel Award at The Vineyard Theater. She is a resident of The SPACE Working Farm, an alumni of the Emerging Writers Group at The ...

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Romance Novels for Dummies premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamston, MA in July 2016 under the direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

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