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Devil Boys from Beyond - Full Length Play, Comedy

Devil Boys from Beyond

Buddy Thomas, Kenneth Elliott

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573697135

Written by Buddy Thomas and Ken Elliott.
Additional & Incidental Music by Drew Fornarola
Winner! 2009 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play
Nominee! 2010 GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway

"Drag heaven on Earth... Devil Boys is a riot." –New York Times

: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance


Full Length Play


Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 1950s


No intermission, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language




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


From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2009 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play
Nominee! 2010 GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway
Flying Saucers! Backstabbing Bitches! Muscle Hunks and Men in Pumps! Wake up and smell the alien invasion in this outrageous comedy by the author of the smash off-Broadway hit play, The Crumple Zone.


"Drag heaven on Earth... Devil Boys is a riot. – The New York Times

"Be ready to laugh... a cross-dressing comedy that puts a fresh coat of over-the-top on 1950's sci-fi flicks... Devilishly clever." – New York Daily News

"Two shirtless hunks, four fabulous drag queens, and 90 minutes' worth of high-camp comedy: What more could a fan of ultraridiculous theatrics want? Devil Boys is a devilish delight." – Backstage

"What's funnier than a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist investigating reports of flying saucers in the mysterious swamplands of Lizard Lick, Florida—the hickest hick-town in all of America? Not much! Unless, perhaps, you cast a man in drag, add a boozing ex-husband, a nemesis/rival reporter, to boot! Mix in clever one-liners, a candy-colored design, and enough boy-toy eye-candy to fill a giant's Halloween sack, and you've got one hell of a show! You might want see it twice. I missed some lines, here and there, as I was still belly-laughing from some previous ones." – nytheatre.com

"You can tell from the title that Devil Boys From Beyond intends to be fun, and the campy production does not disappoint.... a satiric, raunchy spoof that any generation will enjoy." – Associated Press

"The Fringe Festival usually throws up a couple of shows you can bank on, and Devil Boys From Beyond, a sci-fi campfest by Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott, performs that service here." – Variety

"A gaily goofy all-male sci-fi adventure. Nuttier than a pack of killer tomatoes." – citysbest.com

"Delightfully subversive." –Theatremania.com

"Hilarious. This play will roughly triple the Theatre District's laugh quotient for as long as it's able to camp out." – Talkinbroadway.com

"One of the funniest shows I've seen in a long time... filled from beginning to end with untold and unlimited surprises." – Oscaremoore.com

"A honey of a laugh riot... a wonderfully funny time." – Broadwayworld.com

"***** [FIVE STARS]! Buddy Thomas's deliriously campy sci-fi spoof—one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen—is naughty, gleeful fun...The show opens a fabulous portal to the past: not just the paranoid world of the 1950s, but the legendary drag romps of Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company and Charles Busch's Theatre-in-Limbo from the 1960s through the 1980s. Devil Boys from Beyond is a necklace of golden links to that wild theatrical tradition. If there were any justice in this mixed-up world of ours, the whole show would be tractor-beamed Off Broadway tomorrow." — Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

"Cheap in all the right ways, the fast, taw dry and very funny Devil Boys From Beyond is the Fringe Festival at its best." — New York Post

Devil Boys From Beyond premiered at the Actor's Playhouse in 2009 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. The play transferred to an off-broadway run at New World Stages on November 13, 2010.



4m, 4f


Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Drag performance, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


All female roles can be played by men in drag.

FLORENCE WEXLER - A little Southern woman with a big secret.
GILBERT WIATT- A tough New York City newspaper editor.
GREGORY GRAHAM - Burnt out ace photographer and booze hound.
MATILDA VAN BUREN - Star reporter, and legend in her own mind.
LUCINDA MARSH - A headline chasing grande-dame with a nose for news..but she's seen better days.
DOTTY PRIMROSE - Ancient proprietor of the Evening Primrose Motor Lodge
HARRY WEXLER - Florence's husband....or is he?
JACK PRIMROSE - Sheriff of Lizard Lick, and Dotty's husband....we think.

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Buddy Thomas

Buddy Thomas

Buddy Thomas is a widely produced playwright, and is the author of, among others, The Crumple Zone, which was an off-Broadway hit in the 2000-2001 season starring Mario Cantone. It has been produced around the world, with major U.S. productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and elsewhere, and foreign productions in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Devil Boys from Beyond premiered at ... view full profile

Kenneth  Elliott

Kenneth Elliott

Kenneth Elliott co-authored Devil Boys from Beyond (with Buddy Thomas) and directed its premiere at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe Award for Outstanding Play), as well as the 2010 Off-Broadway transfer at New World Stages. His directing credits include revivals of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band in New York and London, The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club (Outer ... view full profile

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Jesse Marchese 4/18/2013 4:24 PM
Camp comedy is not an easy sensibility to master.  It requires a wide knowledge base from the playwright—one must know the genre they are sending up, inside and out. In Devil Boys From Beyond, playwrights Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliot prove they clearly know both their audience and their genre.

A wacky tribute to low-grade 1950’s sci-fi films, the play uses cross-dressing and high comedy to tell the story of a fast-talking reporter bent on cracking a mysterious case in the small Florida town of Lizard Lick.  After a strange UFO sighting, all of the men in the town have been replaced with gorgeous, muscle-laden hunks and it’s up to girl reporter, Mattie Van Buren, to get the story before being scooped by a shrewd gossip columnist!

The play is not only a hilarious diversion, but an unexpected satire of the sexual rigidity of 1950’s American society.  A nostalgic throwback to the cutting-edge queer theater of Charles Ludlam and Charles Busch, the play slyly comments on a history of sexual repression while delivering some good southern-fried laughs.  Sure, some of the jokes are funnier than others and the mash-up quality of the script sometimes lacks dramaturgical drive—but this play can be incredibly satisfying when executed with enough low-budget gusto and comedic talent to give even John Waters a run for his money.  

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