Berta, Berta

Inspired by the legendary prison song "Berta, Berta" that originated on Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary, the play Berta, Berta offers a fictional account of the song's origins.

After committing an unforgivable crime and doomed to surrender his freedom, Leroy is granted one final wish: a chance to make amends with his long lost lover Berta. Their reunion swells from a...
Inspired by the legendary prison song "Berta, Berta" that originated on Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary, the play Berta, Berta offers a fictional account of the song's origins.

After committing an unforgivable crime and doomed to surrender his freedom, Leroy is granted one final wish: a chance to make amends with his long lost lover Berta. Their reunion swells from a quarrelsome conjuring of the past to an impassioned plot to escape the fate that awaits them.  
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Berta, Berta

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  • Jason Parrish:
    30 Jul. 2018
    Beautiful, poetic, heart-wrenching, and important. Angelica's use of language is unparalleled, and I cannot say enough good about these characters and this story. This is a unique and magical play that comes from the heart of the American South. This is a play and a playwright to watch. Florida Rep was honored to include Berta, Berta in our 2018 PlayLab Festival.
  • Christina Quintana (CQ):
    9 Jul. 2018
    A striking two-hander that will rock you to the core. I love these characters and I love this play. Simultaneously political and heartbreakingly personal, Cheri's writing is pure poetry. I had the pleasure of meeting Angelica during our MFA and it has been a thrill to see her well-deserved rise.

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