Passing of Spence Beatrice Berg

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Longstanding member Spence (Beatrice) Berg passed away on April 24, 2020 due to complications from COVID 19, having led a beautiful life of 93 years.

Spence Beatrice Berg was with Elmwood Playhouse early on with the Pacificos, The Messers, The Lachows, The Sandeks, The Beckerlys, The Minicellos, Adair Downing, Jane Dowling, The Spatz, The Hunts, The Gnazzos, Val Hendrickson, Bob Olsen, and Kenny French among many other early Elmwoodians.

Spence raised her children, Scott & Tracey in Nanuet when only trees lined Route 59. She was very active in Elmwood throughout the 1960’s through the 80’s. She won great praise as Queen Aggravain in, “Once Upon A Mattress” and acted in many other productions as well as serving on the play reading committee, as a producer, and as a co-refreshment server. She had a distinguished career as an actress and singer, including performances in the original production of “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, and Al Carmines “The Faggot”. She was a regular at Lil Appel’s sings, and her love of music and theater will live on with her children. Mom taught us to respect those less fortunate and fight for what was right, no matter what the majority thought. She was an independent spirit who loved family/friends and believed in women’s rights, civil rights, and world peace. She is survived by her children and their partners, Tracey Berg & Sarah Collins and Scott Berg & Cindy Call. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to:

Elmwood Playhouse
10 Park St.
Nyack, NY 10960

  • Candy Pittari

    Spence was an unforgettable Mistress Morton in Elmwood’s production of CHICAGO in 1981.

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