Professor of English
Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.A., Brandeis University
B.A., Cornell University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Samuel J. Bernstein is a tenured full professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he has taught for fifty-four years. He is also a former Fulbright teacher in Belgium. During the past six years, he has lectured in Australia, China, India, Ireland, England, and Italy. Prior to this period, he lectured in other countries. Along with his specialization in dramatic literature and creative writing, he has, for many decades, written original works of theater and also won the DeKalb Literary Arts Journal National Short Story Competition. He began his play writing when he was a graduate student at Brandeis University and has continued to write and submit plays until the present. Among his recent theatrical endeavors are the following: In 2008, Professor Bernstein’s play Yank, a musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, was performed in Boston. In 2010, a staged reading of Immortal Journey: Ponce de León and the Spring of Life with music written in collaboration with the musician Guillermo Ortiz was presented at the Beckett Theater, New York City. In 2012, his play Olympics Uber Alles, written in collaboration with Ms. Margeurite Krupp and revised by Professor Bernstein, was staged at the Kresge Little Theater at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2012, Love and Dreams a musical/narrative concert presenting vocalist Lisa Yves preforming the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Power, and Samuel J. Bernstein was staged at the Bickford Theater in New Jersey. In 2012, The Untitled Musical Review (A Strangely Structured Musical Review) an original play/revue, featuring a full script and fourteen original songs by Samuel J. Bernstein, was performed in a professionally directed workshop production at the Cambridge Performing Arts Center. Professor Bernstein’s study of American Drama is entitled The Strands Entwined. An article by Professor Bernstein, partially concerned with the work of Eugene O’Neill, has been published in the Arthur Miller Journal. Other articles by Professor Bernstein have been publish in the Eugene O’Neill Review.
Professor Bernstein and his wife Arlene are the parents of three children (Karyn, Daniel, & Joshua) and the grandparents of three grandchildren (Kyle, Aleczander, & Leonardo).
- “Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman: The Magic
Informing Both Plays” The Arthur Miller Journal 2013
- “Making It, Madness, and Motherhood: The Deep Structure of All God’s Chillun Got Wings” The Eugene O’Neill Review 2006
- “Hughie: Inner Dynamics and Canonical Relevance” The Eugene O’Neill Review 2001
- The Strands Entwined: A New Direction in American Drama Northeastern University Press 1980
- Focusing on five plays of the late sixties and early seventies, the book sets forth the thesis that the finest in contemporary drama is a fusion of two strains: the traditional American realistic naturalistic style of Miller and Williams and the European Absurdist mode of Beckett, Ionesco, and Pinter. Excerpts were included for publication in the article on Robert Anderson in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol.23 (1983)
- The Drama of Despair — book on the aesthetics of tragic drama from the Greeks to the present.
Northeastern University Press, 1973
- “Revelation”— short story. Brandeis Review 1971
- “The Sonderburg Saga”— winner of National Short Story Contest. DeKalb Literary Arts Journal. 1970
- “Olympic Uber Alles” (2d & 3d revised versions) St. Luke’s Theater, NYC 2014.
- The Untitled Musical Review (A Strangely Structured Musical Review)— an original play/review featuring a full script and fourteen original songs by SJB. A professionally directed workshop production at the Cambridge Performing Arts Center. Cambridge, MA 2012.
- Love and Dreams —musical/narrative concert presenting vocalist Lisa Yves performing the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Samuel J. Bernstein. Bickford Theater, Morristown NJ 2012.
- Olympics Uber Alles (in collaboration with Marguerite Krupp)— professionally directed full production of revised play. MIT Kresge Little Theater, Cambridge MA 2012.
- Immortal Journey: Ponce de Leon & the Spring of Life (musical — in collaboration with Guillermo Ortiz)—professionally directed and enacted staged reading. Beckett Theater, NYC 2010.
- Yank.A Musical Adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape”— Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston 2008.
- Olympics Uber Alles (in collaboration with Marguerite Krupp) — professionally directed and enacted staged reading. Boston University 2005.
- Heart Soundings — musical, theatrical, poetical collage. Center for Arts, Natick, MA 2005.
- Selections from Shakespearean Vibrations presented at the Bankside Festival Prelude Performances, Shakespeare & Co. Lenox, MA 2003.
- Shakespearean Vibrations— choraVdramatic presentation of 15 Shakespearean sonnets set to original music, interwoven with a narrative commentary about Shakespeare’s life and work. New England Conservatory of Music, Boston 2002.
- Musical Feelings: /’Amour and More— musical review of original songs. Good Life, Boston 2000.
- Choices (newly revised version of full-length play written in collaboration with Ms. Jeri Freedman) American Theater of Actors, NYC, 2000. (Revised version) Masque Theatre Company, Milford, MA,
1998. Originally presented by the Concord Players, Concord, MA during their 1985-86 All-American
- Crichton— musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton, performed by the MIT Gilbert
& Sullivan Players. 1999.
- Staged readings of several plays (Yank; Elgin the Little; Crichton) as well as productions of one-act plays produced in Cambridge, MA, in NYC, at university and community theaters (The Phone Call; A Question of Penance; People; Coffee Cake; He and She; “Well, Stillwell?”
Awards and Honors
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 1992
- Fulbright Teacher in Belgium, 1973
- Eugene O’Neill Society
- Hemingway Society