Charles Busch and Julie Halston star in the comedic 1940's satirical thriller, in which Busch portrays "Gertrude Garnet, a glamorous diva and self-obsessed concert pianist on tour in the heart of Bavaria, [who] finds her colossal ego challenged when a handsome American professor engages her aid in rescuing his mother from a Nazi prison," according to press notes. The Bay Street production also features Candy Buckley, Barrett Foa, Perry Ojeda, Larry Keith, Richard Kind, Matt McGrath and Ana Reeder.
Xanadu helmer Christopher Ashley directs the production for Bay Street with a creative team including set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Dona Granata, lighting designer Philip Rosenberg, and sound designers Tony Smolenski and Walter Trarbach.
Charles Busch is a Tony nominee for his play The Tale of the Allergists Wife, which transferred to Broadway after a successful run at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Busch has penned the screenplays for Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die! in which he starred. His other works include Red Scare on Sunset, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom as well as Our Leading Lady this past spring for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Busch made his directorial film debut with "A Very Serious Person." Die Mommie Die will play a limited engagement this fall at New World Stages.
Busch is also the subject of the documentary film "The Lady in Question is Charles Busch," which will be presented to Bay Street audiences at 11 PM on Sept. 1, following the performance of his play, The Lady in Question. Tickets for the screening are $25 and will feature a talkback session with Busch and frequent co-star Julie Halston.
The Lady in Question plays Bay Street through Sept. 2. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at www.baystreet.org or by calling (631) 725-9500.