Charles Busch's Divine Sister Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 22

News   Charles Busch's Divine Sister Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 22
 
The Divine Sister, the Charles Busch comedy that takes a whack at pop-culture nuns — from the singing to the socially-conscious —  officially opens its commercial run starring Busch Sept. 22 at the SoHo Playhouse. The run, which began Sept. 12, follows a sold-out developmental engagement of the play last spring.

Jennifer Van Dyck and Charles Busch
Jennifer Van Dyck and Charles Busch Photo by David Rodgers

Directed again by Carl Andress, the play features the entire original company: Busch, Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Walker and Julie Halston.

Producer Daryl Roth is behind the project. 

Here's how the show is billed: "The Divine Sister is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. Evoking such films as 'The Song of Bernadette,' 'The Bells of St. Mary's,' 'The Singing Nun' and 'Agnes of God,' The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (author Charles Busch) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing 'visions,' sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows." It's a "madcap trip through Hollywood religiosity" that "evokes the wildly comic but affectionately observed theatrical style of the creator of Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party."

The comedy was originally presented in a developmental run at Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, executive artistic director), where the production became a sold-out hit less than a week into its run.

The original creative team has reunited for the new run: scenic and graphic designer B.T. Whitehill, costume designer Fabio Toblini, lighting designer Kirk Bookman, sound designer Jill BC DuBoff, wig designer Katherine Carr and composer Lewis Flinn. Tickets, priced $65, are available by calling (212) 691-1555, or at the SoHo Playhouse box office (15 Vandam Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street). For directions to the SoHo Playhouse and other information about the venue, visit www.SoHoPlayhouse.com.

For more information visit www.DivineSisterOnstage.com.

Amy Rutberg, Charles Busch, Alison Fraser and Julie Halston
Amy Rutberg, Charles Busch, Alison Fraser and Julie Halston Photo by David Rodgers
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