Bernice

by  Thornton Wilder

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Bernice represents "Pride" in Wilder's projected cycle on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Set in Chicago in 1911. Walbeck, a thoroughly hated man who cheated hundreds of people out of their money, suddenly returns home from Joliet prison when his sentence is reduced. He is greeted by two people: …

Read more +
License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Bernice represents "Pride" in Wilder's projected cycle on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Set in Chicago in 1911. Walbeck, a thoroughly hated man who cheated hundreds of people out of their money, suddenly returns home from Joliet prison when his sentence is reduced. He is greeted by two people: his attorney, who informs him that Walbeck's wife has fled to California, taking his daughter with her, and a new maid, Bernice, the self-proclaimed "best cook in Chicago" recently hired to keep the home going. Bernice, it turns out, served time for murder, and the advice she gives Walbeck on how to deal with his future allows Wilder to explore the nature of pride. Decisions have to be made quickly when Walbeck learns that his daughter is still in Chicago and coming by to see him at any moment.
Read more +

Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $125 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Casting

2m, 1f
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

More

Authors

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience.

View full profile

Now Playing

Community Experiences