The Divine Sister

by Charles Busch

Nov. 30th - Dec. 15th


The Divine Sister is a “twisted” homage to every Hollywood film ever made about nuns. Written by Charles Busch, the comic genius behind such “gender-bending” classics as Die, Mommie, Die! and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, this hilariously irreverent tale tells the story of an indomitable Mother Superior (played “in-drag”) trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a Da Vinci Code style mystery, and a “well-endowed” former flame intent on luring her away from her vows.  Join the fun and see how many movie references you can identify!  A perfect holiday show for VERY ADULT audiences. 

What they say:

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 is Mr. Busch's freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades." -- The New York Times


Mother Superior - John Flack*
Sister Agnes - Alyssa Ward
Sister Acacius - Kirsten Wylder
Sister Walburga/Mrs. MacDuffie - Lavonne Byers
Mrs. Levinson/Timmy - Susie Wall*
Jeremy/Brother Venerius - Chopper Leifheit*


Directed by:
Marty Stanberry

Light Design - Maureen Berry
Sound Design - Patrick Burks
Set Design - James Holborow
Costume Design - Jane Sullivan

* represents members of Actors' Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers



The Divine Sister is packed with laughs, top-notch performances by its ensemble cast and just a few delightfully uncomfortable moments"
-Gabe Hartwig, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (read the whole review here)

"In [HotCity's] holiday shows, the irreverence is bracing, the humor abundant, and the eggnog always spiked. I think they’ve outdone themselves this year with an absolutely hilarious production of Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister directed by HotCity’s Artistic Director Marty Stanberry."
-Andrea Braun, (read the whole review here)

"...The Divine Sister is a swift kick to the groin of Catholicism and religion in general [...] HotCity Theatre has put together another holiday alternative with their production of this controversial and side-splitting work."
-Chris Gibson, Broadway World (read the whole review here)

"Under Marty Stanberry's keen direction and a superb supporting cast, this peek behind cloister walls will provide you with plenty of rollicking over-the-topness, including send-ups of everything from Doubt and Agnes of God to The Sound of Music and “The Da Vinci Code”."
-St. Louis Theatre Snob (read the whole review here)

"Not for the faint of heart, the show brings highly suggestive subject matter and downright off-color language to an art form that would make Jessica Lange blush on 'American Horror Story: Asylum.' But the side-splitting humor and the abundance of movie and TV references (not just about nuns) makes this a must-see production at HotCity Theatre."
-Steve Allen, (read the whole review here)

Interview with Marty Stanberry & John Flack - Vital VOICE

"Charles Busch's comedies drag out the joke" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Press Release


A “twisted” homage to just about every Hollywood film ever made about nuns, The Divine Sister premiered Off-Broadway in 2010, where Mr. Busch himself appeared “in-drag” as Mother Superior!  

The comic genius behind other such cross-dressing classics as Die, Mommie, Die!Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Charles Busch has also reached fame as a female impersonator, a TV and film screenwriter, and flamboyant actor – where he has starred as the “leading lady” in most of his works.  His more “mainstream” play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play.  

Artistic Director Marty Stanberry comments: “Like Charles Busch and others born before 1970, I too grew up watching such wonderful 1960’s “nun” movies as The Sound of Music and The Trouble with Angels – two movies that Mr. Busch honors in The Divine Sister.  I love how, instead of making some grand statement about organized religion, this play is a twisted and campy “valentine” to those movies, as well as to the more recent works of Agnes of God and Doubt.  But “nun” movies are not the only genre Mr. Busch immortalizes – there are brilliant “strong-women” moments inspired by Auntie Mame, Anastasia and even Grease – hilariously played out within a Da Vinci Code style mystery!  There are just too many references to count.  I can’t think of a more perfect farce for a HotCity’s holiday show!”

Marty Stanberry Directs.

For Adult Audiences.