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Shanghai Moon - Full Length Play, Comedy

Shanghai Moon

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f, 9m or f

ISBN: 9780573627286

Shanghai Moon is an homage to movie and stage melodramas such as The Bitter Tea of General Yen, The Letter, The Green Hat, The Cheat, and Shanghai Express.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adventure, Period, Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Shanghai, 1931

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Shanghai, 1931. Lady Sylvia Allington is the beautiful, young American born wife of an aged British diplomat. She and her husband travel to Shanghai to persuade a notorious Chinese warlord, General Gong Fei, to donate a priceless antique jade bust to the British Museum. Lady Sylvia, a former carnival cooch dancer from Chicago, falls headlong into a fatal love affair with the mysterious Gong Fei, getting hooked on opium and antagonizing the General’s chief adviser, the elderly Doctor Wu and his enigmatic mistress, Mah Li. A scandal involving a local bordello madame, Mrs. Carroll and a cockney drug runner named Pug Talbot, leads to tragedy. Gong Fei blames Sylvia for his troubles and in a mad fit, brands her on the buttocks. She shoots him and finds herself on trial for his murder. She is acquitted but still imprisoned in her loveless marriage, knowingly sniffs a poisoned chrysanthemum and dies. Shanghai Moon is an homage to movie and stage melodramas such as The Bitter Tea of General Yen, The Letter, The Green Hat, The Cheat, and Shanghai Express.

REVIEWS

"Happy, cockeyed new melodrama... [that] distills the essence of every bono fide broad who roamed the silver screen... Evokes the racy, gritty sensibility of Hollywood movies... before censorship clamped down on the studios... Packs more twists in ninety minutes than a year's worth of All My Children." - The New York Times

"An engaging, often hilarious spoof... Highly entertaining." - New York Daily News


Shanghai Moon opened on January 20, 1999 at Theater For The New City in New York City.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f, 9m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Drag performance, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The role of Lady Sylvia was created by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag. Three roles were double-cast.

DR. WU
MAH LI
GENERAL GONG FEI
LORD ALLINGTON
LADY SYLVIA ALLINGTON
MRS. PAULA CARROLL
PUG TALBOT
SIR LIONEL
SIR GEOFFREY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

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  • Shanghai Moon

Author
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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