Die, Mommie, Die!
Full Length Play, Melodrama / 3m, 3f
Newly revised! This comic melodrama evokes the 1960's movie thrillers that featured such aging cinematic icons as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner and Susan Hayward.
“Die Mommie Die!, which runs a peppy 90 minutes, is infused with the good-natured comic brio that has made Mr. Busch a drag artist whom middle America can embrace. Even theatergoers who don’t catch the copious old-movie quotations, verbal and physical, should enjoy Mr. Busch’s hair-trigger comic timing and rubbery mugging, which brings to mind vintage Lucille Ball." - The New York Times
"Thanks to Busch's script and exceptional leading perf, the surfaces of this comedy-thriller - about the murderous meltdown of the pre-Nixon Hollywood family - roll back to reveal provocative statements about the power women can lose when a man walks into the room." - Variety
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: 1960s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: 1967, Beverly Hills, CA
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Drag performance
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The role of Angela was originally played by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag.
Die, Mommy, Die! was first produced in July, 1999 by Kenneth Elliott and Don Fairbanks at the Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles. It opened Off-Broadway in October, 2007, at New World Stages in New York City, where it was directed by Carl Andress.