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Charles Busch Returns to Theater for the New City with New Comedy JUDITH OF BETHULIA






Charles Busch will return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) this March with his new comedy JUDITH OF BETHULIA for a limited premiere showcase engagement at Theater for the New City’s Cino Theater (155 First Avenue). The premiere production, directed by Busch’s longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Divine Sister; Die, Mommie, Die!) will play a limited engagement of 24 performances from Friday, March 30 through Saturday, April 28.

{module ad_left_body}JUDITH OF BETHULIA is an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic. Lepers, whores, eunuchs, centurions, evil generals, youthful poets and a beautiful redheaded widow make Charles Busch's latest comedy an event worth praying for.

In addition to Busch as ‘Judith,’ the production will also star Dave August (Naked Boys Singing!), Christopher Borg (Penny Penniworth), Larry Bullock (Charles Busch and Julie Halston: Together on Broadway), Kendal Sparks (Where’s Charley? at Encores!), Mary Testa (Queen of the Mist, Xanadu), Jonathan Walker (The Divine Sister, Dinner With Friends), Jennifer Van Dyck (The Divine Sister, The Third Story), and Billy Wheelan (Our Leading Lady, The Lady in Question is Charles Busch).

Casting for one additional role in the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Busch returns to Theater for the New City following the 2010 world premiere of The Divine Sister which became a sold out hit for the landmark downtown theater. Later that year, Daryl Roth transferred the production to the SoHo Playhouse which became one of the biggest hits of Busch’s legendary Off-Broadway career.

JUDITH OF BETHULIA will rehearse at Theater for the New City prior to starting performances at the venue’s Cino Theater on Friday, March 30.

The creative team for JUDITH OF BETHULIA includes:  Scenic and Graphic Design by B.T. Whitehill, Costume Design by Jessica Jahn, Lighting Design by Kirk Bookman, Sound Design by Jill BC DuBoff, and Wig Design by Katherine Carr.

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Tickets for JUDITH OF BETHULIA are on sale now via or by calling 212-868-4444. All tickets are $25.00 and seating is general admission.


Please note that JUDITH OF BETHULIA is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 30 – SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (3 PERFORMANCES): Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 2 – SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (4 PERFORMANCES): Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM. Please note there is no performance Friday, April 6.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 9 – SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (6 PERFORMANCES PER WEEK): Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 23 – SATURDAY, APRIL 28 (5 PERFORMANCES): Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Saturday at 3 PM.


CHARLES BUSCH (Playwright, Judith) is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, 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, Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright.

CARL ANDRESS (Director). Directing credits include: the world premiere of Charles Busch’scritically acclaimed comedy The Divine Sister (SoHo Playhouse, Theater for the New City – NYT Top 10, 2010); the New York concert premiere of Kander, Ebb and McNally's musical, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum (Ambassador Theatre); Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo’s A Wonderful Life (Shubert Theatre – Time Magazine's Best in Theater 2005); Die Mommie, Die! (New World Stages); The Third Story starring Kathleen Turner(MCC Theater, La Jolla Playhouse); Charles Busch & Julie Halston Together on Broadway (Music Box Theatre); Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells (Drama Dept.); Shanghai Moon (Drama Dept., Bay Street Theatre, Theater for the New City); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse; Coconut Grove Playhouse; Royal Poinciana Playhouse); Crush the Infamous Thing (Coconut Grove Playhouse); Rum & Coke (Abingdon Theatre); J.A.P. Chronicles – The Musical (Perry Street Theatre); Queen Amarantha (WPA Theater); Times Square Angel (Theater for the New City); It's Not My Fault, It Was On Fire When I Got There (FringeNYC, Theater for the New City); I Love My Wife and The Mad Show (“Musicals in Mufti” – York Theater Co.); Being Comden & Green (Lyrics & Lyricists – 92nd Street Y); numerous galas and special events, including Valley of the Dolls and A Party for Comden & Green (The Actor’s Fund). Also, co-writer and costar of the independent feature, A Very Serious Person (Tribeca Film Festival, available on DVD). Carl is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Department of Theatre and Dance.

DAVE AUGUST (Conan) is thrilled to be part of the cast of Judith of Bethulia. He has just finished an amazing run of the Off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing! Regionally, he has performed the roles of ‘Rocky’ in The Rocky Horror Show and ‘Keno’ in The Full Monty. He toured Europe and the US as the lead singer for The Chippendales. He loves to donate his spare time to benefit performances for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, GMHC and many others. On television, Dave has moonlighted on “Saturday Night Live,” “Guiding Light” and “All My Children.” 

CHRISTOPHER BORG (Urdamani) is a Manhattan actor/writer/comedian. He originated roles in the Off-Broadway hits Penny Pennyworth and The Play About the Naked Guy (Emerging Artists Theatre) and garnered praise in the Times, Post, Variety, and New York Magazine. He’s a member of three venerable New York theatre companies including EAT & TOSOS with whom he received nominations for a GLAAD Media Award and an HX Award directing Bernadette & The Butcher of Broadway. For the past five years he has been a member of the New York Neo-Futurists writing and performing in the award-winning Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind every Friday and Saturday night (playing around the corner on East 4th Street). In addition, with the Neo-Futurists, he co-created the autobiographical (NOT) Just A Day Like Any Other which received the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Ensemble as well as the critically acclaimed experimental docutheatre piece Locker #4173b which received the 2011 IT Award for “Outstanding Performance Art Production.”

LARRY BULLOCK (Thor). Judith of Bethulia marks Bullock’s third show with Charles Busch and Carl Andress. He has been with Charles and company for the last 12 years doing Times Square Angel every year at Christmas time. Larry also did Vampire Lesbians of Sodom with Charles and Julie Halston at the Music Box Theatre for a special performance for the Actor's Fund. Larry hails from the booming metropolis of Niceville, Florida in what is known as the “Red Neck Riviera.” Larry does movies, television, and the odd car show. In the words of Dolly Parton, “it takes a lot of work to look this cheap!” Being a himbo seems to be the cards that have been dealt to Larry, he makes the most of it by modeling underwear, doing exercise magazines, and many may recognize Larry for the numerous romance covers he has done over the years… hey it's a living. Larry considers Charles to be an artistic genius and is proud and honored that Charles and Carl let him play in their reindeer games.

KENDAL SPARKS (Ozias) Encores: Where's Charley? St. Louis MUNY: The Producers; Les Misérables; Hello, Dolly!; The Pajama Game; The Wizard of Oz; Oliver!; Mame; Jesus Christ Superstar. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan and member of Actors’ Equity.

MARY TESTA (Arga). Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony nomination), Marie Christine, On the Town (Tony nomination) …Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, and Barnum. Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Regrets Only; See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk & Drama League nominations); First Lady Suite (Drama Desk nomination); String of Pearls (Drama Desk nomination); The Vagina Monologues; From Above (Obie); others. Film: Franny; Tio Papi; Eat, Pray, Love; The Bounty Hunter andothers. Television: “Two Broke Girls,” “Over/Under,” “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Life on Mars,” “Sex and the City,” “Whoopi,” and others.

JENNIFER VAN DYCK (Nathan) is delighted to be back in the Charles Busch fold having created roles in the long running The Divine Sister and The Third Story. She recently did The Picture Box by Cate Ryan with the Negro Ensemble Company. Other favorite collaborations include work by Bathsheba Doran, Austin Pendleton, Keen Company, and Hamlet at the Edinburgh Fringe. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Too Big to Fail, Michael Clayton, Across the Universe, Stealing Martin Lane, Series 7, Bullets Over Broadway, numerous “Law & Order” episodes, “Fringe,” “New Amsterdam.” Jennifer also narrates many audiobooks.

JONATHAN WALKER (Holofernes). Broadway: Twentieth Century, After the Fall. Off-Broadway: The Divine Sister (SoHo Playhouse); The Third Story and Angelique (MCC); Deathbed (The McGinn/Cazale Theatre); Strangers Knocking (New Group); Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts); When She Danced, An Imaginary Life, Waterchildren and Fran’s Bed (Playwrights Horizons); Everybody's Ruby, Found A Peanut (The Public Theater) The American Plan (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria (La MaMa); How the Rent Gets Paid (Wooster Group); Man and Superman (Roundabout). Regional: The Third Story (La Jolla Playhouse); Hamlet, King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe Theatre); Baltimore Waltz (Yale Repertory); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Huntington Theatre); Not Suitable For Children (McCarter); Sons of Ulster (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Cheever Evening (Westport Playhouse). Film includes: Michael Clayton, Malevolence 2, People I Know, Heights, Far From Heaven and the soon to be released Man On A Ledge. TV includes: “Pan Am,” “The Good Wife,” “Eli Stone,” “6 Degrees,” “3 Lbs,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Cupid and Cate,” and lots of “Law & Order.”

BILLY WHEELAN (Simon) appeared opposite Charles Busch in the silent film Her Royal Escape to Love and played W.J. Ferguson in Busch’s Our Leading Lady at Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional New York credits include The Road to Ruin (New York Musical Theatre Festival), It’s A Hit! (Fringe Festival), The Butcherhouse Chronicles (Summer Play Festival), In Between the Sheets (York Shakespeare), Tusk (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Thick (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional: Third (Denver Center), Sleeping Beauty: A Comic Panto (People’s Light & Theatre), The 60s Project (Trinity Rep), Spinning Into Butter (Human Race), The Day Maggie Blew Off Her Head (Victory Gardens), Everything's Ducky (Northlight), A Shine on Your Shoes (Ravinia Festival). National Tours: Tartuffe, Sweeney Todd in Concert (dir. Lonny Price). Film: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Anamorph, Coda, Prom Inc. TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Things I Hate About You.” Billy is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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