JUDITH OF BETHULIA
A NEW COMEDY
PREMIERE SHOWCASE ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 30 AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (155 FIRST AVENUE)
Theater for the New City is pleased to announce complete casting for Charles Busch’s epic new comedy JUDITH OF BETHULIA. The play, starring Busch, and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister; Die, Mommie, Die!) will play a limited engagement of 24 performances from Friday, March 30 through Saturday, April 28 at Theater for the New City’s Cino Theater (155 First Avenue).
Busch as ‘Judith’ will be joined by Dave August (Naked Boys Singing!), Christopher Borg (Penny Penniworth), Larry Bullock (Charles Busch and Julie Halston: Together on Broadway), Jennifer Cody (Shrek, The Pajama Game), Kendal Sparks (Where’s Charley? at Encores!), Mary Testa (Queen of the Mist, Xanadu), Jennifer Van Dyck (The Divine Sister, The Third Story), John Wojda (The Merchant of Venice, Busch’s Queen Amarantha), and Billy Wheelan (Our Leading Lady, The Lady in Question is Charles Busch).
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.
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.
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 SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. All tickets are $25.00 and seating is general admission.
CARL ANDRESS (Director). Directing credits include: the world premiere of Charles Busch’s critically 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.
JENNIFER CODY (Naomi) has performed in over 15 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including: Shrek, The Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown, Seussical, The Wild Party, Beauty and The Beast, Grease, Cats, No No Nanette (Encores), Best Little Whorehouse, Henry and Mudge, and Junie B. Jones. Cody is a Kevin Kline Award Winner, Drama League nominee, and IRNE Award nominee. TV/Film: Annie Award winner (Voice Acting Oscar) for the role of ‘Charlotte LaBouff’ in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog, “Winx” (Darcy), “Robot and Monster” (Lucy), ”Rosie Live,” “American Dad,” “Law & Order,” and the Paul Reiser Pilot (CBS). Upcoming project: the movie, Khumba being released this year.
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. www.KendalSparks.com
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 and others. 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.
JOHN WOJDA (Holofernes). Broadway: Present Laughter, The Merchant of Venice, Two Shakespearean Actors, Macbeth, Holiday. First National Tour: Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: New Group (ensemble Obie for Ecstasy), NYSF/Public Theater, Theater For A New Audience, Primary Stages, WPA Theatre (Charles Busch's Queen Amarantha), Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, SoHo Playhouse, West Bank Downstairs. Resident Theater: Dozens of leading roles including four seasons at Canada’s Stratford Festival. Television: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “The High Life,” all New York-based soap operas. Film: Amir Naderi’s Manhattan by Numbers and with Anthony Quinn in Seven Servants and most recently in Visiting Friends.
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. Follow
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Playing Friday, March 30 - Saturday, April 28
Performances Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
No Performance Friday, April 6th
All Seats $25
Theater for the New City