Bernice Sizemore's 70th Birthday
Market House Theatre's Kentucky Playwright Contest Winner
The play is set 2007. It mirrors some of the cultural challenges that many older adults are dealing with still today. Bernice (played by Stephanie McGlennon) is turning 70 and has hobbies that include aerobics, kick boxing, bicycling, and gardening. She doesn’t view herself as old at all. Her oldest daughter Carol (played by Lisa Humphrey) is 47 years old and see’s her mother as entering the nursing home decade and wants her to move into an assisted living space and act like an older more frail person. Carol has already started Bernice’s obituary just to be ready. Bernice’s son Evan (played by Jacob Bortell) is 27 years old and was born when Bernice was 42. Evan and Bernice haven’t talked in 8 years after Evan started college and told his mother he was gay. Bernice doesn’t understand how he became gay and doesn’t know the etiquette for talking to someone gay or to their "partner" so she has avoided Evan since he told her. Evan shows up on Bernice’s birthday because he wants answers related to his fathers death when he was a child and also because he wants to mend the rift between his mother and himself. Bernice surprises both of her children by announcing she wants all their stuff out of her basement. Evan discovers accidentally and tells Carol that Bernice has new roommates moving in next week which is why she needs the basement space. The play is a funny and heart warming look at aging, parent child relationships, and family dynamics.
Playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton is a retired attorney and college instructor in southern Indiana, who volunteers at a cemetery in Louisville's Chickasaw neighborhood. The author of more than 70 plays, Nancy's work has been on stages on four continents. She is published by Dramatic, Smith & Kraus, Meriwether, and Motes Books. She chaired the High School Play Contest for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and belongs to the Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.
The show runs August 11-13 in the courtyard theatre. Show time is 7 pm. Tickets are pay what you want with a suggest price of $15 and a minimum price of $5. Because of the variable ticket price you have to call the box office to order tickets. They are not available online. Bring your own lawn chair for seating. Entrance for the performance is through the Courtyard Lobby entrance at 124 Market House Square. Tickets are also available at the door. Adavance reservations suggested. In case of very light rain the audience should bring raincoats or ponchos. *No umbrellas allowed. In case of lightning or heavy rain the show will move indoors to the new Studio 200 Theatre with the entrance located at 209 Marine Way. Concessions will be available.
Directed by Michael Cochran
Stephanie McGlenon as Bernice Sizemore
Lisa Humphrey as Carol Sizemore
Jacob Bortell as Evan Sizemore
Suggested Ticket: $15
Ticket Minimum: $5
Please call the box office at (270) 444-6828 to purchase tickets.