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Biography of Bernie Ward (2007)

This August Painted Filly Theatre will present the world premiere of Biography of Bernie Ward, from award-winning playwright Jesse Weaver. Biography of Bernie Ward opens on Tuesday 28th August (preview 27th) for a weeklong run at Players Theatre in the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Weaver’s new play is a compelling and often hilarious anatomy of an unusual marriage and several overlapping love triangles. With intensity and wit, the play delves into the complexities of illness, infidelity, and identity. Hard questions will be asked, and the answers are worth hearing.

Following on from their sold-out show 100 Minutes 2007 at the Project Arts Centre last April, Painted Filly Theatre are delighted to present more new writing by Jesse Weaver. Jesse is a resident writer with Chicago’s Side Project Theatre and has recently relocated to Ireland. Previously his work The Artist Needs a Wife has been staged in Ireland as part of the 2005 ISDA Festival (Best Play Award) and the 2005 Dublin Fringe Festival, as well as short plays Do With You (100 Minutes 2006) and Bill & Fran (100 Minutes 2007). Director Nick Johnson comments that “With Biography of 

Bernie Ward, Jesse has created another complete world just surreal enough to speak to the one we live in. The collision of these four lives is handled with such precision and compassion that it doesn’t matter how strange they seem on the surface – we see ourselves.”

The production will feature performances from actors Mark Gordon, Phil Kingston, Brenda Meaney, and Sarah-Jayne Quigley. Production design is by Pippa Van Welie, with lighting by Karen Quigley and an original score by Aengus Ó Maoláin. Jennifer Killelea will produce the show for Painted Filly Theatre.

How can a relationship recover from drastic change? Should Beth get implants? What if Seth can’t ever be the kind of man who can fix a toaster? How much sex with patients amounts to malpractice? Is every psychologist insane? And who, or what, is Bernie Ward?

Biography of Bernie Ward contains strong language and sexually explicit material, and is not recommended for viewers under 18.


Beth / Mark Gordon
Seth / Sarah-Jayne Quigley
Psychologist / Brenda Meaney
Gynosaurus / Phil Kingston
Bernie Ward / Itself


Producer / Jennifer Killelea

Director / Nicholas Johnson
Designer / Phillipa Van Welie
Original Score / Aengus Ó Maoláin
Lighting / Karen Quigley
Stage Manager / Lara Hickey
Production Assistant / Patrick Collier
Sound Operator / Elaine Dobbyn
Publicity / Clare Creely
Graphic Design / Nicholas Johnson
Box Office / Emily Jeffers

All photos ©2007, Nicholas Johnson


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