Beverly Sanders, a familiar face from TV -- she played Rayette, the incompetent waitress on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Easy Susie on "Rhoda" -- has put together a one-woman show called Yes Sir, That's My Baby! which opened recently at the Fremont Centre Theatre for an unlimited run. Showtime is Sundays only at 7 PM (except for Oct. 3 & Oct. 24, 1999).
As written and performed by Sanders, the show deals with her desire to have a baby. After enduring gruelling and unsuccessful "fertility rites," Sanders eventually went the adoption route. She feels her story is a celebration of the family and the human spirit.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby! was workshopped in May 1998 at 3rd Stage in Burbank and was also showcased in the HBO space in 1999. The show's director is Asaad Kelada, a Yale School of Drama grad who has directed many shows at regional theatres as well as over 300 TV programs.
Sanders played Maureen Stapleton's daughter in the Emmy Award-winning "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom." Her film credits also include starring opposite Al Pacino in "And Justice For All." Sanders is perhaps best remembered as Louise, the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda spokesperson for ten years.
Sanders has been selected to showcase her play at the Carmel Performing Arts Festival this October and at Marshalls Womens Comedy Festival in late 1999.The Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave. in South Pasadena. For tickets and information call (626) 441-5977.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent