The Divine Sister

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 5f

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. 

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The Divine Sister

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

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  • The Divine Sister - Montage
  • Charles Busch - On The Divine Sister
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Pittsburgh, April 1966
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 5f
AGNES
SISTER WALBURGA
MRS. MACDUFFIE
SISTER ACACIUS AKA LIL
MOTHER SUPERIOR AKA SUSAN
MRS. LEVINSON
TIMOTHY
JEREMY
BROTHER VENERIUS
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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.

For a cast of 6, please see the outlined doubling:

MOTHER SUPERIOR
SISTER WALBURGA / MRS. MACDUFFIE
SISTER ACACIUS
AGNES
MRS. LEVINSON / TIMOTHY
JEREMY / BROTHER VENERIUS

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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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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.

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