Cinema Duplex Series To Feature Charles Busch's 'Die, Mommie, Die!'
"You slipped into my life as easily as vermouth into a glass of gin," purrs reclusive singing star Angela Arden, as played by camp icon Charles Busch. Arden is not only haunted by a secret, she's treated like dirt by her louse of a husband (Phillip Baker Hall), her snoopy maid (Francis Conroy), and her petulant daughter (Natasha Lyonne). Only her mentally defective son (Stark Sands) and a well-endowed gigolo (Jason Priestley) treat her with love and affection.
Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critic's John Gassner Award 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 playwright. Mr. Busch appeared on the Duplex stage in The Storefront Theatre's 2004 production of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, playing opposite Jim Dale.