The Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series and the nonprofit theatrical organization Books with Feet will present F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” with staged performances Friday through Sunday, March 5th through 7th at the playhouse.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. March 5th and 6th and 6 p.m. March 7th at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St.

“Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” which producers say is a 1920s version of the film “Mean Girls,” teaches an important lesson about superficial popularity and the cruel pressures which demand that individuals conform to the standards of a social set.

The conflict between the two protagonists in the story demonstrates the tumultuous social conditions of Fitzgerald’s time, a Books with Feet spokesperson says.

Author Fitzgerald’s collection of stories that features “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is called “Flappers and Philosophers” (1920), a title that immediately announces its subject matter. Fitzgerald aimed to depict the changing face of youth through his stories of women envisioned as revolutionary “flappers,” while the men are labeled “philosophers.”

The cast includes Books with Feet alumni Laura Boccaletti, Emily DeRenzis, Sarah Kelly, Scott Mikels, Greg Nystrom and Tara Redfield, who are joined by Mathias Dill, Adam Hunter Howard, Derek Kokinda, Jenna Mate, Elliot Schiff and Emanuel Ward.

The director is Genevieve Morrill and Rebecca Herrick is the producer.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to raise money for the playhouse. The March 6th performance includes a post-show reception.

For reservations, (310) 394-9779 ext. 1, or http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/.

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