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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom - Short Play, Comedy

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Charles Busch

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Short Play, Comedy

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573690709

"Costumes flashier than pinball machines, outrageous lines, awful puns, sinister innocence, harmless depravity - it's all here. One can imagine a cult forming." - The New York Times

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$9.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with companion piece


Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce, Fantasy, Parody / Spoof

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1920s, Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - A cave in Sodom in the days of old.
La Condessa's mansion in Hollywood in 1920.
A rehearsal hall in Las Vegas, present day.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. Published along with its companion piece Sleeping Beauty or Coma, the classic fairy tale retold in the sixties mod London fashion world.

REVIEWS

"Nothing escapes the demolition by laughter… The audience laughs at the first line and goes right on laughing at every line to the end, and even at some of the silences. That’s no mean achievement. ” The New York Times

"Costumes flashier than pinball machines, outrageous lines, awful puns, sinister innocence, harmless depravity - it's all here. One can imagine a cult forming." - The New York Times

"Bizarre and wonderful... If you think Boy George is a gender-bender, well, like Jolson said, you ain't seen nothing yet! Forget your genders, come on, get happy." - Broadway Magazine


First performed at the Limbo Lounge in New York City's East Village in 1984, where it became so popular it moved to Off-Broadway in the June of 1985, running for five years at the Provincetown Playhouse, New York City. It was directed by Kenneth Elliott and Gerald A. Davis.

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CASTING

6m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CASTING NOTES

The role of the Virgin/Madeleine was created by the author, Charles Busch. However it is not necessary for this to be played by a man.

ALI - a guard
HUJAR - a guard
VIRGIN SACRIFICE
THE SUCCUBUS - a monster
KING CARLISLE - a silent movie idol
ETIENNE - a butler
RENNE VAIN - a starlet
LA CONDESA - a silent screen vamp
MADELEINE ASTARTE - a stage actress
OATSIE CAREWE - a gossip columnist
ZACK - a chorus boy
PJ - a chorus boy
DANNY - a chorus boy
TRACY - an aspiring singer
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

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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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