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Charles Busch Writes, Stars in New Play in April

Wednesday Feb 14, 2018
Charles Busch as Lily Dare.
Charles Busch as Lily Dare.  (Source:Michael Wakefield)

Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City (led by Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) this spring in his uproarious new comedy "The Confession of Lily Dare" for a limited premiere showcase engagement. Directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress ("The Tribute Artist," "Judith of Bethulia," "The Divine Sister"), "The Confession of Lily Dare" will play a limited engagement of 24 performances from Wednesday, April 4 to Sunday, April 29 at Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater at 155 First Avenue.

Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, "The Confession of Lily Dare" tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to the infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lays her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon. "The Confession of Lily Dare" is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Mr. Busch, the legendary master of theatrical parodies such as "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom," "Die Mommie Die!" and "The Divine Sister. "Here, Mr. Busch and Mr. Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s pre-code cinema, such as "The Sin of Madelon Claudet," "Frisco Jenny" and "Madame X."

Busch returns to Theater for the New City, where he created comedy gold with "Cleopatra" (2016), "Judith of Bethulia" (2012), and "The Divine Sister" (2010), which producer Daryl Roth transferred for a record-breaking and highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run. All three productions, directed by Mr. Andress, became immediate sold-out hits for the landmark downtown theater.

Mr. Busch said, "For almost four decades Theater for the New City has been my artistic home. It's the place where I began my career on the Lower East Side and each time I return I once more rediscover the sheer joy of creating theater."

The creative team for "The Confession of Lily Dare" includes B.T. Whitehill (Scenic and Graphic Design), Rachel Townsend (Costume Design), Jessica Jahn (Costume Design for Mr. Busch), Kirk Bookman (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design), and Katherine Carr (Wig Design).

Additional casting for "The Confession of Lily Dare" will be announced in the coming weeks.

"The Confession of Lily Dare" will rehearse at Theater for the New City prior to starting performances at the venue's Johnson Theater on Wednesday, April 4.

Tickets are on sale now via SmartTix.com. All tickets are $25 and seating is general admission.

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