Uptown Players presents THE TRIBUTE ARTIST

Uptown Players presents THE TRIBUTE ARTIST Uptown Players closes its 2016-2017 season with the regional premiere of the new comedy by Charles Busch, The Tribute Artist, running August 25 through September 10, 2017, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

An out-of-work female impersonator assumes the role of his elderly landlady (who dies in her sleep) in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This "perfect" scheme goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by eccentric rogues' of outrageous schemers. Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks excels in this new play from the master of Off-Broadway farce.

The Tribute Artist made its theatrical debut off-broadway at Primary Stages on February 9, 2014. From Vampire Lesbians of Sodom in the mid-1980's to Die Mommie Die in 2007, Mr. Bush has translated Hollywood fantasies into crossover, cross-dressing and cross-referenced farces that are as smart as they are tacky and as sweet as they are satirical. The Tribute Artist is the 4th Charles Busch play produced by Uptown Players, having previously produced Red Scare On Sunset (2004), Die Mommie Die (2007), and The Divine Sister (2012).

The Uptown Players production once again stars Coy Covington in the role played by Charles Busch. Rounding out the all-star cast are Cara Statham Serber, Angie McKnight, Luke Longacre, Mary Campbell and Zander Pryor. The Uptown Players production is under the direction of B. J. Cleveland.

This hilarious new comedy runs August 25 through September 10, 2017, with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Performances take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd (at Blackburn), Dallas, TX 75219. Tickets are $25-$40 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.

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About Uptown Players:

Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. Now concluding its sixteenth season and eighth at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, and over 30 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first fifteen seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA's Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.

Uptown Players has presented world premieres, including Redesigning Women (2013), Crazy Just Like Me (2011) and the stage adaptation of The Valley of the Dolls (2007), along with the United States premieres of the West End hit musical Soho Cinders (2014), and the Pet Shop Boys Musical Closer to Heaven (2010). Uptown Players was the first regional theater in the United States to present the Tony Award winner The Boy from Oz and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal, following the closing of the Broadway productions. Each season, Uptown Players presents several regional premieres, including receNT Productions of It Shoulda Been You, The Toxic Avenger, Mothers and Sons, End of the Rainbow, The Nance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and The Producers.

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