Crickets chirp in the sweltering evening heat of the deep American south. The soil is tilled, church is in session, and JoEllen and Haywood are a pair matched by God Himself. Or so Haywood thinks. In a blistering journey following the two from ages 5-21, their genders, sexuality, and the deconstruction of their marriage is out of the frying pan and into the flames under the boiling, unforgiving sun.
‘Southern Bedfellows’ has the integrity and raw passion of a resistance movement.
Greg Pernicone (HAYWOOD) and Bear Spiegel (JO). photos by Willow Wilson.
Southern Bedfellows made its New York off-off-broadway premiere at the Hudson Guild Theater in February 2020 as part of the NYWinterFest 2020 line-up. This production was directed by Remy Kulp and stage managed and lighting designed by Gustavo Blaauw.
This production starred Greg Pernicone as Haywood, and Bear Spiegel as Jo.
Southern Bedfellows made its international premiere at the House of International Theatre in collaboration with Bøssehuset as part of International World Pride in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2021, before transferring to World Pride's stages in August 2021.
This production was directed by Christoffer Berdal.
This production starred Jody as Haywood, and Annelise Nielsen as Jo.
Southern Bedfellows is a full-length, one act play and has a runtime of approximately 70-90 minutes.
Southern Bedfellows is available for licensing on my New Play Exchange.
Photography by Willow Wilson.
Videography by Ian McQueen.