Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies

Jessica Sherr in
Produced by Velvet Fox Productions

It’s early evening of 1939 Academy Awards - young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in “Dark Victory,” and the Los Angeles Times LEAKED the OSCAR winners early. “This year Vivian Leigh will take home the Oscar for Best Actress”. . . With Newspaper in hand the BOLD, DEFIANT and DISILLUSIONED Bette Davis decides to leave! Journey into the young starlet's battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the studio moguls of Hollywood. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious young starlet fighting her way to the top! See what happens when someone who always wins . . . loses.

The show has performed in Edinburgh, Scotland receiving glowing 5 Star Reviews, had a run at The St. James London, Sold Out Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters, and toured Performing Arts Centers in Chicago, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York.


JESSICA SHERR (Actress/Playwright) was born and raised in El Cajon, California.  At age 3, she found herself tap dancing to “Frosty the Snowman” and by age 5 she was choreographing dance pieces to Mickey Mouse’s Splash Dance and mounting shows in her pool.  She has always had a love of the 1930’s and 40’s and the opportunity to play the legendary Bette Davis has brought her much joy.  In 2010, Jessica wrote and performed a 30-minutes show portraying Bette Davis as part of THE REDHEADS, directed by Susan Batson.  Following the run Jessica wrote a full-length play for Bette, which ran at FringeNYC. Miss Davis made her international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013, 2014 and returned in 2015 to perform at the prestigious Assembly Rooms garnering 5 star reviews and was offered a limited run at The St. James Theatre in London.  Kathryn Sermak, Miss Davis’ assistant, gave Jessica a pair of Miss Davis’ gloves to wear in the show.

Jessica’s credits include:
Theater: BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES--Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Rooms), Fringe NYC, E2E Festival at 59E59, St. James Theatre London, The Great Gatsby (Hudson Theater Ensemble), Almost, Maine (Hudson Theater Ensemble), As Bees In Honey Drown (Hudson Theater Ensemble) Films: ANNIE (Columbia Pictures), Rock Dove (winner Flagstaff & Washington Gorge Film Festival), The Video Guys (Best Comedy IFF Festival); Television: Miss Faltine on Team Toon (Cartoon Network), Flight of the Conchords (HBO).  She holds a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from USCB and currently studies with Wynn Handman.  

When not on stage she is out at Rockaway Beach surfing.  She just bought her third surfboard, "Smurfette."   

ROBERT PERILLO (Voice and Diction) is an American master voice teacher, and has trained actors for over thirty years. He has worked at Binghamton University, Marymount Manhattan College, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he was head of the Voice Department. Perillo trains and coaches actors privately both for performance and auditions; he has worked extensively with businessmen and women, writers, politicians and singers and has given seminars and workshops to choral groups, readers of scripture, deacons, priests and to other teachers of voice and speech. Perillo is a stage director and has directed works by playwrights as varied as William Shakespeare, Noël Coward, John Patrick Shanley, Tom Stoppard, and Charles Ludlam.

ISABELLE COLOR (Bette Davis Dress) Recent credits include: See You At The Funeral (LaMama), The Subtle Body (59E59), Shitloads of Money (Ensemble Studio Theater), William Shakespeare's Mom (Ars Nova Ant Fest & The Brick), Uncle Vanya (Columbia University), Audiovideo; The Bachelors (Williamstown Theater Festival Workshop),  The Unveiling (Dixon Place), Gentlemen of Kentucky (Dixon Place). 


“Our audience absolutely loved Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies.  Jessica is the embodiment of Bette Davis and an true pleasure to work with.  Don’t miss this fabulous show!” - John W. Engeman PAC in Northport, NY

"Professionally produced and tremendously entertaining. We will be working with Jessica again in the future." - The Beacon Theatre PAC, Hopewell, VA

"Jessica Sherr’s Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissieswas a hit at the Cabot Performing Arts Center! This thoroughly-researched and thoroughly-entertaining one-woman show brings one of the 20th Century’s film icons to vivid life in this memorable evening. If you’d like to present theater which is artistically substantive, and also accessible and entertaining, I would highly recommend Jessica Sherr’s Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies." - Paul Van Ness The Cabot Performing Arts Center Beverly, MA

"It’s a time-capsule treasure for once and future fans of the Tinsel Town icon . . . . With flashing eyes and clipped delivery, Sherr incarnates the rebel with a cause . . . ." - Stage & Cinema, Chicago Theater Review

"Captivating . . . It only took a few seconds to actually feel that the actress and playwright on stage was the real Bette Davis." - Chicago Theater & Arts

"Jessica Sherr is mesmerising to watch - a dynamic performance reflecting both the vanity and vulnerability. Here is Bette Davis on stage: the sultry voice, sensual smile, iconic sparkling eyes, glamorously portrayed with compassion, vivacity and pure wit." - Edinburgh Guide, Scotland