Judith of Bethulia

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

Judith of Bethulia is an outrageous celebration of Hollywood biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments and Samson and Delilah. From the creator of Psycho Beach Party and The Divine Sister.

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Judith of Bethulia

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Imagine the outrageous Mae West in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic. Judith, a beautiful, wealthy young widow, is reviled by her own people as a gold digging adventuress. When her ancient city of Bethulia is facing brutal annihilation, Judith, wearing her most glittering finery, slips into the enemy camp, seduces and ultimately decapitates the ruthless General Holofernes. This wild homage to the Hollywood movie epic is the latest trip to the cinematic past by the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and The Divine Sister.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

“[A playwright of] extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring.” - The Village Voice

“Mr. Busch is a first-class satirist and farceur.” - The New Yorker

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  • Charles BUsch on Judith of Bethulia
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Keywords

Friendship, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The ancient city of Bethulia
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 4f
JUDITH
ARGA
HOLOFERNES
NATHAN/LEPER/CITIZEN #1
URDAMANI/STARVING MAN
NAOMI
SIMON/LEPER/CITIZEN #2
OZIAS/MORDECHAI
THOR/CAPTAIN
CONAN/CAPTAIN #2
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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The role of Judith 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.

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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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Judith of Bethulia was first produced by Theater for the New City in their Cino Theater, in New York City on March 30, 2012. It was directed by Carl Andress.

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