Cast Complete for the Peccadillo Theater Company's THE SILVER CORD Reading; Wesley Taylor, Molly Camp and More Join Charles Busch
Prolific actor, playwright and screenwriter Charles Busch is set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Sidney Howard's 1926 play THE SILVER CORD Monday, January 14 at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) Under the direction of OBIE Award winner Dan Wackerman, the cast will also feature Jessie Austrian (Cymbeline), Molly Camp (The Heiress), Robert Eli (Saturn Returns), and Wesley Taylor ("Smash," Rock of Ages).
THE SILVER CORD, one of the most successful plays of the 1926-27 Broadway season, centers on a domineering matriarch (Charles Busch) who is pathologically close to her two adult sons. Originally starring Laura Hope Crews, THE SILVER CORD opened December 26, 1926 at the Golden Theatre, running for 112 performances. Miss Crews subsequently starred in the 1933 RKO film version with Irene Dunne, Joel McCrea and Frances Dee.
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 Critics Circle 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. He made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. Mr. Busch appeared in a recurring role in the HBO series "Oz." His novel Whores of Lost Atlantis was published in hardcover by Hyperion Press and as a Penguin paperback, and he is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. In 2010-11, he starred in his critically acclaimed comedy The Divine Sister and his play Olive and the Bitter Herbs premiered at Primary Stages.