The Divine Sister


Written by Charles Busch


Play - Comedy


One Act - approximately 90 minutes


Nominee: 2010 Off-Broadway Alliance Award - Best New Play


The Divine Sister is a comic celebration of Hollywood films such as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, and The Singing Nun!  St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior, originally played by the legendary Charles Busch (Die Mommie Die, Olive and the Bitter Herbs, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), leads us on this madcap trip through Tinseltown’s religiosity. It’s miraculous, zany fun!


The Divine Sister premiered at Theater for the New City under executive artistic director Crystal Field, in New York City in February, 2010. It opened Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse in New York City on September 22, 2010.

Casting Notes


Originally cast with 6 cast members but expandable


2 Males / 4 Females*
* The role of Mother Superior was originally played by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag but is an option.


“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 finds Mr. Busch returned to his peak form. This gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns is his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades. Get thee to The Divine Sister.”
– The New York Times

“Comic Heaven! Anyone hoping to keep a straight face hasn’t got a prayer!”
– NY1

“A divinely outrageous comedic romp!”
– New York Post

“A sublime comedy! The Divine Sister is a gleefully inspired parody with all the joyful exuberance of early Busch classics.”
– Variety

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