All proceeds from the performance will benefit the six-year-old Live Out Loud organization, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth by connecting them with role models and leaders within the LGBT community.
Busch's work is described as "a riotous comedy-thriller steeped in the glamour of 1960s Hollywood, [which] stars playwright Charles Busch as Angela Arden, a fallen pop diva trapped in a hateful marriage to film producer Sol Sussman. Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out-of-work TV actor named Tony Parker, Angela gruesomely murders her husband with the aid of a poisoned suppository."
Featured in the cast are Bob Ari as Sol Sussman, Chris Hoch as Tony Parker, Ashley Morris as Edith, Kristine Nielsen as the Sussman’s live-in domestic, Bootsie Carp and Emmy Award nominee Van Hansis as Lance.
The Off-Broadway premiere of Busch's work is directed by Carl Andress and features scenic design by Michael Anania; costume design by Jessica Jahn, Michael Bottari and Ronald Case; lighting design by Ben Stanton and original music composition by Lewis Flinn.
Die Mommie Die! will feature several of the 40 costumes Bottari and Case designed for Busch in the film version, as well as a few new surprises. 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 Mommy 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."
Tickets for the 8 PM Live Out Loud benefit performance of Die Mommie Die! are available by visiting www.broadwayoffers.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Further information is available by visiting www.liveoutloud.info.
Die Mommie Die! officially opens Oct. 21 for a limited engagement at Off Broadway's New World Stages. Tickets are available for regularly scheduled performances by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.
For information on Die Mommie Die, visit www.dmdtheplay.com.