Theater for the New City
THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE
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The strangest, most perilous adventure of all: the journey into the depths of a woman’s soul!



THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, Presents:



THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE

A World Premiere Comic Melodrama

Written by and starring

CHARLES BUSCH*




Directed by

CARL ANDRESS




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 infamous madame of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies 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 the legendary master of theatrical parody Charles Busch (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die Mommie Die, The Divine Sister) and directed by his long-time colleague Carl Andress. Here they celebrate the gauzy “confession film” tearjerkers of early 1930’s pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.



Witness The Confession of Lily Dare. Will you be the one to judge her?


CAST INCLUDES:



NANCY ANDERSON, CHRISTOPHER BORG, HOWARD McGILLIN,
KENDAL SPARKS, AND JENNIFER VAN DYCK


Nancy Anderson (Emmy Lou) is thrilled to share the stage with Charles Busch again! Most recently Nancy understudied Glenn Close in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard. Other Broadway shows include A Class Act and Wonderful Town. She starred as “Lois/Bianca” in the National Tour and West End premiere of Kiss Me, Kate (Helen Hayes and Olivier Award nominations). Last season, Ms. Anderson received her third Drama Desk nomination for best solo performance in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Pen and her third Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal of “Gladys” in The Pajama Game at Arena Stage. Last year, Nancy appeared on “Madam Secretary.”She has also been featured on PBS/Great Performances broadcasts of Kiss Me, Kate and South Pacific starring Reba McEntire and has appeared twice at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. Her album of 20s and 30s jazz, Ten Cents a Dance, is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. www.nancyanderson.name.


Christopher Borg (Louis, The Baron, Mr. Carlton, Maestro Guardi, The Priest) is thrilled to work with Charles again, having originated the role of Urdamini the Eunuch in Judith of Bethulia, and appeared as Barker in the recent staged reading of Red Scare on Sunset. Off-Broadway: Penny Pennyworth, The Play About the Naked Guy. As a writer/performer with the New York Neo-Futurists: The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol. 2 (Drama Desk nomination), Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (2007-2015), Locker #4173b (IT Award, Outstanding Performance Art, and (NOT) Just A Day Like Any Other. Other New York: And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little; Doric Wilson’s Street Theatre; That’s Miss Fits, to You!; Off the King’s Road; A Perfect Relationship; The Death of Griffin Hunter. Regional: Shakespeare’s R&J (Folger), Gross Indecency (Studio Theatre), Raised in Captivity (Woolly Mammoth), Bent (WSC), Pterodactyls (Source) and Kate (in Act 1) The Taming of the Shrew at The Shakespeare Theatre.


Charles Busch (Playwright, Lily Dare) is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die!, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and ... (continued)
Categories: Comedy,Musical Comedy,New Works
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Running time: 2:0    
Intermission(s): Yes
Price: $25.00
Seating: General Admission