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.
The play is inspired by the prison chain gang song "Berta, Berta" that originated on Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary. It is a fictional origin story.
Berta, Berta was one of six plays selected for the 2018 PlayLab at Florida Repertory Company. Out of 500 submissions, Berta, Berta was one of 25 finalists for the 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the only play to be selected for a slot in the Playwrights Foundation's Rough Reading Series with staged readings at the National Black Theatre's and Elephant Run District's hERD Podcast series.