Amy Bernstein

Amy Bernstein

Amy Bernstein writes about the intersection of politics and culture on stage and in prose fiction. Her full-length productions for the stage include Terminal Lucidity, produced at Theatre Project in Baltimore, MD; Raw, produced by Venus Theater in Laurel, MD, as part of the Women’s Voices Festival; and Exit Pluto, produced by the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. Many short plays have been read or produced in...
Amy Bernstein writes about the intersection of politics and culture on stage and in prose fiction. Her full-length productions for the stage include Terminal Lucidity, produced at Theatre Project in Baltimore, MD; Raw, produced by Venus Theater in Laurel, MD, as part of the Women’s Voices Festival; and Exit Pluto, produced by the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. Many short plays have been read or produced in various locations in the U.S. and UK. Short works are published by Routledge in the UK and by Leicester Bay Theatricals. She received the Ruby Artist Award grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance in 2014.

Plays

  • The Legend of Tommy Tremain
    A statue of Tommy Tremain stands in the town square. Who is Tommy? It depends on who you are and what century you’re living in. Hero, savior, villain, or oppressor? Does anyone know the real story behind the legend? And what happens to the truth over time? Over the course of three centuries, the story of this statute unfolds as a tangled web of lies, myths, buried truths, and unexplained visions. At the center...
    A statue of Tommy Tremain stands in the town square. Who is Tommy? It depends on who you are and what century you’re living in. Hero, savior, villain, or oppressor? Does anyone know the real story behind the legend? And what happens to the truth over time? Over the course of three centuries, the story of this statute unfolds as a tangled web of lies, myths, buried truths, and unexplained visions. At the center of it all is a black woman re-shaping history, and the future, in her own image.
  • Terminal Lucidity: A Dada-Inspired Feminist Scream
    She could be your friend, your neighbor, your relative: And she's struggling to cope with a monster in her midst. What's the right thing to do? Is there a right thing? Guest-starring Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the Goddess of Dada expression.
  • RAW
    Eliza’s dairy farm is under siege: by Caroline, the documentary film-making, grudge-holding heifer she allows into her house to bear witness, for a fee; by Harriet, her inheritance-deprived sister; and by the bacteria lurking in the raw milk lying in wait for son/daughter Jamie. Woe descends on Red Robin Farm.
  • Exit Pluto
    Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change. And so Betty insists that a thieving customer is sweet as pie; that the builder she has known his whole life still dotes on her confections; and that her young apprentice, Lulu, will be loyal forever. But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not...
    Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change. And so Betty insists that a thieving customer is sweet as pie; that the builder she has known his whole life still dotes on her confections; and that her young apprentice, Lulu, will be loyal forever. But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not even the fortress can withstand the pounding. Betty is utterly undone by the changes forced upon her—especially, and most deeply, the discovery that Lulu has shifted her loyalty, and affection, to a mysterious and mystical young woman, Blossom.
  • More and Less Than More
    A huge warehouse with an outsized personality runs the lives of two workers who long to break free.
  • Always Never Now
    Three test subjects, willingly cut off from the world in a locked room from which there is no exit,
    are on a quest to discover just how long ‘forever’ really is, and what this really means to each of
    them, and to the very meaning of life itself.
  • The Only Feasible Counterweight
    A disgraced American university professor and the student who triggered her downfall deliver self-serving lectures years apart, when suddenly, they must come face-to-face in front of a live audience.
  • Workforce
    When a crew of highly educated, independent-minded workers all show up for the first day of their new job, they don’t quite know what to expect—from their co-workers, from the seemingly menial job itself, and least of all from their high-strung boss and her weird sidekick. But little by little, this motley bunch begins working as a team, capable of taking charge and taking back their dignity.
  • Living on Air
    Two friendly aliens arrive on Earth with a mission to wipe out student debt and help millions of college graduates lead better lives. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
  • Unprotected
    Rosie, Roseann, Rosina: Three women, across three generations, up against the same painful, intractable problem: an unwanted pregnancy. What’s to be done when nature takes you by surprise, the law takes you in its grip, and you seem to be left without options? There will be blood. There will be deceit. There will be fear, suffering and a woman bound in chains. And through it all, there is Anita, child-less yet...
    Rosie, Roseann, Rosina: Three women, across three generations, up against the same painful, intractable problem: an unwanted pregnancy. What’s to be done when nature takes you by surprise, the law takes you in its grip, and you seem to be left without options? There will be blood. There will be deceit. There will be fear, suffering and a woman bound in chains. And through it all, there is Anita, child-less yet child-longing, whose life is forever haunted by her best friend Rosie’s dire decision and her husband’s delayed and brutal revelation.
  • Unchained
    Jesse is like all of us—trying to get by in a world that’s constantly changing. When Jesse is recruited to prevent blockchain technology from taking over the world at midnight, life gets even more stressful and confusing, and Jesse finds it hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.