Charles Busch in ‘The Confession of Lily Dare.’ (Photo: Michael Wakefield)
Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City 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 (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 infamous madam 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 Mr. Busch, the 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 Confession of Lily Dare
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
April 4 – April 29