Full Length Play
Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play - Pittsburgh, April 1966
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Physical Comedy
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
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 Charles Busch.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE CHARLES BUSCH'S AUDIO BOOKS