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Divine Sister, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Divine Sister, The

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573698866

Nominee! Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play

"Cue the Hallelujah" chorus! Charles Busch has put on a nun's habit and is talking to God, from whom he has evidently received blessed counsel. The Divine Sister, his new comedy at the…

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Full Length Play


Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 1960s


No intermission, Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




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

Nominee! Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play
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 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. This madcap trip through Hollywood religiosity evokes the wildly comic but affectionately observed theatrical style of the creator of Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party.
"Cue the Hallelujah chorus! Charles Busch has put on a nun's habit and is talking to God, from whom he has evidently received blessed counsel. The Divine Sister, his new comedy at the SoHo Playhouse, finds Mr. Busch at peak form. This gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns — in which the playwright doubles as leading lady — is Mr. Busch's freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades." - The New York Times
The Divine Sister premiered at Theater for the New City under executive artistic director Crystal Field, in New York City in February, 2010. It opened Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse in New York City on September 22, 2010. It was directed by C


1m, 5f


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


The role of Mother Superior was originally played by the author, Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag. The role must be played by a skilled comic performer.

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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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