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Full Length Play, Comedy
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
Full Length Play
Period, Science Fiction
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1950s
Settings Of Play - Omaha, Nebraska. 1949
Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
"Mr. Busch and company explore and explode all sorts of vintage cinema clichés, an activity at which Mr. Busch is without peer" - The New York Times
"Ingenious! Laugh-packed! The Third Story proves a treat and throbs with heart as well!" - The Hartford Courant
"Plays-within-plays require such intricate tailoring. So it's a pleasure to report that with The Third Story, the ever-captivating Charles Busch proves equally deft as both performer and seamstress." - Theatermania
"Charles Busch says more with a curled lip than many plays say in a whole evening of talk." - Newsday
"The main joy of The Third Story is that its foolery embodies something substantive... No wonder The Third Story feels like such an energizing event." - Village Voice
The Third Story had it's World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in September, 2008. The New York premiere was produced by MCC Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in January, 2009, directed by Carl Andress.
Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Drag performance, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The roles of Queenie/ Baba Yaga were originally played by the author, Charles Busch. It is not necessary for those roles to be played by a man in drag. The play tells three stories and most of the cast play several roles.
Actor One - VASALISA / VERNA Actor Two - BABA YAGA / QUEENIE BARTLETT / QUEENIE 2Actor Three - PEG / DR. RUTENSPITZActor Four - DREW / STEVEActor Five - DR. CONSTANCE HUDSONActor Six - ZYGOTE / BABA YAGA DOUBLE
N/A (Not a musical)
The Third Story
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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