Psycho Beach Party

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 6f

“Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics, and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. 

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Psycho Beach Party

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

“Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics, and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Fiendishly funny! Zany!”" - Associated Press

“Gidget Goes Berserk!” - The New York Times

“Catch the wave of laughter.” - Gannett Westchester Newspapers

"Hilarious" - Gannett Newspapers

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: On and around Malibu Beach, 1962
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 6f
YO-YO
DEE DEE
NICKY
PROVOLONEY
STAR CAT
CHICKLET
KANAKA
BERDINE
MARVEL ANN
MRS. FORREST
BETTINA BARNES
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Drag performance
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

2 females roles may be played by males

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Authors

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 M ...

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Psycho Beach Party premiered on July 20, 1987 at The Players Theatre, New York City. It was directed by Kenneth Elliott and presented by Theater-in-Limbo, Kenneth Elliott, and Gerald A. Davis. The play was previously presented at the Limbo Lounge.

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