Vertigo Theatre Productions have been described as one of Manchester’s premiere fringe companies and have now further sealed that reputation by being granted the UK rights by Broadway and Off Broadway legend Charles Busch to bring 2 of his smash hit comedy/parody plays ‘Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party to the UK for the first time.
Both plays will go back to back in a double bill of Charles Busch Plays at Taurus Bar, Canal Street, Manchester. Psycho Beach Party will open March 16th and play that week, the following week Die, Mommie, Die! will open for 1 week. The plays are premiering at Taurus Bar during Taurus’ 10th Anniversary as one of the leading bars and fringe venues on Canal Street
“We could not be more excited” says Craig Hepworth the co-owner of Vertigo and director of the Busch plays “to be able to present one of these amazing plays for the first time in the UK is an honour, but to do two is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m thrilled that we are getting to do this and UK audiences will get to experience the genius that is Charles Busch just like American audiences have. Its been such a pleasure getting to know Charles personally and his work and his help and advice to us has been priceless”
Casting on the shows are Dale Vicker leading Die Mommie Die as Angela Arden, a role that earned Charles Busch a Sundance Film Festival Award. Other cast in Die Mommie Die include Adele Stanhope as Edith, Dave McLaughlin as Lance, Terry Dixie as Tony, Paul Graham as Sol and Dawn Mallitt as Bootise. Brad Stoloff is leading Psycho Beach Party as Chicklet alongside Danny Hynes as Star Cat, Mike Gates as Kanaka, Jay Hobday as Berdine, Louise Allen as Bettina, Dave McLaughlin as Yo Yo, Ash Baines as Provoloney, Adele Stanhope as Marvel Ann and Liam Grunshaw as Mrs Forrest. Both plays are directed by Craig Hepworth.
Die Mommie Die:
Angela Arden, a fallen pop diva is trapped in a hateful marriage to film producer Sol Sussman. Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out-of-work TV actor named Tony Parker. Angela gruesomely murders her husband with the aid of a poisoned suppository. Angela’s manipulative daughter, Edith, convinces her ’emotionally disturbed’ brother, Lance, that together they must avenge their father’s death… by killing their mother!
A killer, Campy, Melodrama that pays homage as well as Parodies the 50s and 60s melodrama movies like Dead Ringer, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.
Psycho Beach Party:
“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.
An hilarious homage/parody of the 60s beach movies that the New York Times gleefully labelled ‘Gidget Goes Berserk!, and the associated press called “Fiendishly funny! Zany!”
Charles Busch is one of Broadway and Off Broadways leading writers and stars. He is known for playing the leading females in his plays which often pay homage too or parody the films of the old Hollywood golden era. His plays Off Broadway include ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (ran for 5 years), Psycho Beach Party (almost 400 performances), The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, The Third Story, Times Square Angel, Die, Mommie, Die and his current smash hit ‘The Divine Sister’ to name but a few. His Broadway work includes as book writer on the musical ‘Taboo’ and his smash hit play that ran for 777 performances won multiple awards and earned him a Tony Nomination for Best Play ‘Tale of the Allergists Wife’. His film work includes as script writer/actor on the film versions of Die, Mommie, Die! (won him a Sundance Award for his performance), Psycho Beach Party. Writer, Director and actor for A Very Serious Person. He also has parts in Addams Family Values and It Could Happen to You, as well as starring in the TV series ‘OZ’.
More info can be found on www.vertigotheatreproductions.co.uk