Bernhard, a LAUNCH PAD workshop production

Event Date: 

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 2:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Performing Arts Theater

a play by Lynn Rosen, directed by Anne Torsiglieri

Preview Video

About the Play

Commissioned by LAUNCH PAD, Bernhard is set during war time—when up is down, love is death, and spit-takes are suddenly a lot less funny. As young Bernhard searches for his estranged mother, he tries to keep his promise to his grandmother to “not die.” But could he do more than survive? Could he actually live? Loosely inspired by the harrowing life of Austrian author Thomas Bernhard as well as today’s headlines, Bernhard is about survival and the paths we choose to travel in life. Our own past, present, and futures intertwine in this timeless yet timely dark comedy.

About the Playwright

Lynn Rosen is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Playwright-In-Residence at Women’s Project Theater, and a two-time recipient of an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission, mostly recently in 2015. Full-length plays include: In The Blue (recently workshopped at New Dramatists), Man and Beast (TheatreWorks 2015 New Works Festival), Apple Cove (produced by Women’s Project Theater; Todd Mountain Theater Project), Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero Is Born (commissioned/produced by New Georges; Loyola University, Baltimore), Washed Up On The Potomac (one-act version produced by Centerstage – Baltimore; EST Marathon), Progress In Flying (EST/Sloan Commission, Humana finalist), Back From The Front (produced by Working Theater; NYC Fringe Festival; published in “Out of Time & Place”), and Nighthawks (produced by Studio Theatre; Willow Cabin Theatre; published by Samuel French). Lynn’s work has also been produced/developed by: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Barrow Group, Barrington Stage, Red Bull Theatre, Fault Line Theatre, The Brick, The New Group, Geva, New Harmony Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Lark Play Development Center (Writing Fellow), and terraNOVA Collective (Groundbreakers). Currently, Lynn is developing her EST/Alfred P. Sloan commissioned play The Firebirds Take The Field with EST, she is writing the book for a musical titled Gurley! about Helen Gurley Brown, and she is developing her darkly comic war-time play, Bernhard, inspired by the life of Thomas Bernhard. Lynn is also developing a TV pilot with Emmy-winner Carrie Preston, and she is co-creator/co-writer of the award-winning web series Darwin, which was just named one of the Top Ten Best Web Series of 2015 by Paste Magazine.

About the Director

Anne Torsiglieri has been seen on Broadway in Top GirlsParadeBlood Brothers and Miss Saigon as well as in the National Tour of Les Misérables as Fantine.  Off-Broadway and regionally she's performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Huntington, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse and others.  She is the recipient of Drama Logue and Garland Awards for her performance as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (Berkeley Rep) and the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as the titular role in The Drowsy Chaperone  (New London Barn Playhouse). TV and film include “Law & Order”, “Kidnapped”, “Gossip Girl” and the award winning “Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa” (Gabriel and Telly Awards). Anne is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theater and Dance at UCSB, where she has had the great pleasure to perform in the world-premiere LAUNCH PAD productions of Kingdom CityEntangledAppoggiatura and Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky, all under the direction of Risa Brainin. Anne has directed Cloud Nine at UCSB (Santa Barbara Independent Award for Outstanding Direction) as well as Top Girls.  She recently played Rose in Gypsy (NLBP), and Falstaff in The Death of Kings at USCB.  She has been an active member of The 52nd Street Project in NYC for whom she has written and directed many short plays. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School.

A Discussion with the Director & Playwright

Production Team

  • Written by Lynn Rosen
  • Director: Anne Torsiglieri
  • Costume Designer: Ann Bruice
  • Lighting Designer: Vickie Scott
  • Scenic Designer: Caite Hevner
  • Composer: Jim Connolly
  • Stage Manager: KC Buller
  • Assistant Director: Tristan Newcomb


  • Olivia Arnold
  • Sarai Ford
  • Jack Hayes
  • Fletcher Hoffman
  • Amanda Lawson
  • Zach Macias
  • Maddie Martin
  • Truly Polite
  • Tyler Reinhold
  • Jeremy Scharf
  • Cordelia Watson


To view a complete gallery of photos from Bernhard and those for our other LAUNCH PAD Preview Productions please visit the show's album on our Facebook page!

Photo by Fritz Olenberger
Photo by Fritz Olenberger
Photo by Fritz Olenberger
Photo by Fritz Olenberger
Photo by Fritz Olenberger
Photo by Fritz Olenberger