Written by and Starring Charles Busch*

Directed by Carl Andress

 Featuring

Lawrence Bullock*, Jennifer Cody*,

Andy Halliday*, Ashley Austin Morris*,

Tony Sheldon*, Jennifer Van Dyck*, Joe Zaso*

 Two Performances Added to Almost Sold Out Run

at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

an Actors Equity approved showcase

*Appearance courtesy of Actors Equity

Complete casting is announced for Charles Busch’s return to Theater for the New City(Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) in his new comedy Charles Busch’s CLEOPATRA, directed by Busch’s longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia,The Divine Sister).

 Joining Charles Busch as ‘Cleopatra’ will be a comedic ensemble of frequent Busch collaborators and new friends. Returning to Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue) are:Lawrence Bullock (Times Square Angel, Judith of Bethulia) as Apollodorus, Jennifer Cody(Judith of Bethulia, Taboo) as Iras, Andy Halliday (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Lady in Question) as The Soothsayer, Ashley Austin Morris (Die Mommie, Die!, Times Square Angel) as Charmion, and Jennifer Van Dyck (The Divine Sister, The Third Story) as both Octavian and his twin sister, Octavia. Tony Sheldon (Tony Nominee for Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will play both Julius Caesar and Caesar’s wife Calpurnia, and Joe Zaso (The Wolf of Wall Street)appears as Marc Antony. 

Due to overwhelming demand, two performances have been added to this nearly sold out, limited premiere showcase engagement. The newly added performances are Tuesday evening, April 5 and Tuesday evening, April 12.  

 Following in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt, Tallulah Bankhead, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Busch gives us his own original, outrageous, majestic and bawdy interpretation of the fabled Egyptian queen. History shall be portrayed... and made!

 Busch returns to Theater for the New City following the 2010 premiere of The Divine Sister, which Daryl Roth transferred for a record-breaking and highly acclaimed Off-Broadway run, and 2012’s Judith of Bethulia. Both productions, directed by Andress, became immediate sold out hits for the landmark downtown theater. In December, Busch and Andress brought the 17th edition of the staged reading of Times Square Angel, which has become an annual holiday tradition for Theater for the New City.

 The creative team for Charles Busch’s CLEOPATRA includes: Scenic and Graphic Design by B.T. Whitehill, Lighting Design by Zach Blane, Costume Design by Jessica Jahn, Sound Design by Bart Fasbender, and Wig Design by Katherine Carr.

 Charles Busch’s CLEOPATRA will rehearse at Theater for the New City prior to starting performances at the venue’s Community Theater on Friday, March 25.

 Tickets for CLEOPATRA are on sale now via SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. All tickets are $25 and seating is general admission.

 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (INCLUDES NEWLY ADDED PERFORMANCES):

•      FRIDAY, MARCH 25 – SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (4 PERFORMANCES): Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

•      MONDAY, MARCH 28 – SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (6 PERFORMANCES): Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Saturday at 3 PM. Sunday at 7pm.

•      MONDAY, APRIL 4 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10 (7 PERFORMANCES PER WEEK): Tuesday (newly added performance), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Saturday at 3 PM. Sunday at 7pm.

•      MONDAY, APRIL 11 – SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (7 PERFORMANCES): Tuesday (newly added performance), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

CHARLES BUSCH (Playwright, Cleopatra). Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist, 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, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. He is a two-time MAC award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities including San Francisco, Provincetown, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, London, Paris, and in New York at the Ballroom, Birdland, and 54 Below. His website is charlesbusch.com

CARL ANDRESS (Director). Andress’ directing credits include the world premieres of Charles Busch’s critically acclaimed playsThe Tribute Artist; The Divine Sister; The Third Story; Judith of Bethulia; Bunnicula; Queen Amarantha; and Shanghai Moon; as well as the New York production Die, Mommie, Die!;  and the annual Times Square Angel at Theater for the New City. Other select credits include Carmen Pelaez’s Rum & Coke, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells, Joe Godfrey’s Romance Language, and regional productions of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet, and Crush the Infamous Thing – The Adventures of the Hollywood Four. Andress staged the NY concert premieres of The Visit, A Wonderful Life, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, and Valley of the Dolls all to benefit The Actors Fund. Andress has also directed productions of Tenderloin, Harold & Maude, I Love My Wife, and The Mad Show for the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti” series, as well as Here’s to the Girls! and Being Comden & Green for the 92Y’s “Lyrics and Lyricists” series. His website is carlandress.com

LAWRENCE BULLOCK (Apollodorus, Achmed). Cleopatra marks Bullock’s fourth production with Charles Busch and Carl Andress, having appeared previously in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Music Box Theatre, Judith of Bethulia, and the annual Times Square Angel (for the past 17 years!) at Theater for the New City. Larry hails from Niceville, FL, and is proud to be a queer redneck! He has done some movies, some television, and some of the Broadway and Off Broadway. He is honored to work once again with his mentor Charles. It is a little hick queer’s dream to be a part of this amazing, gender-bending, funny, irreverent, and touching theatre family! “I may not be rich and famous, but I am doing what I love, with people I love, in the city I love! I am a success!”

JENNIFER CODY (Iras) is thrilled to work with this team of creative brilliance again. On Broadway, Jennifer has been in many shows including: A Christmas Story; Shrek The Musical; The Pajama Game; Taboo; Urinetown The Musical; No, No, Nanette!(Encores!), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (The Actors Fund), Seussical The Musical, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, and Cats. Jennifer has spent the last few years lending her voice to movie and television characters and commercials. She won the Annie Award (the voice-over Oscar for Best Actor in an Animated Motion Picture Feature Film) for creating the voice of Charlotte La Boeuff in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Off-Broadway, she was thrilled to create original roles in Andrew Lippa’sThe Wild Party (MTC), Charles Bush’s Judith of Bethulia (Theater for the New City), and Henry and Mudge(Lortel). Television and film: “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” Winx Club, Lucky Stiff, Robot and Monster, Khumba, “American Dad,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Law and Order,” “Gravity Falls,” “The Daily Show,” and Letterman. She has directed and choreographed in New York City and performed across the country at many of the leading regional theatres.

ANDY HALLIDAY (The Soothsayer) is thrilled to be back at Crystal Field’s legendary Theater for the New City and to be working again with Charles Busch.  He is an original member of Charles Busch and Kenneth Elliott’s Theatre In Limbo. Creating roles Off-Broadway, in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, Red Scare on Sunset, Times Square Angel, and The Lady In Question. He also performed Off-Broadway in Devil Boys From Beyond directed by Kenneth Elliott.  Halliday is also a playwright, having just had his show Nothing But Trash, in which he play the role of Beatrice, produced at Theater For The New City in 2014, to sold out audiences. It’s a thrill to be “back on the boards.”

ASHLEY AUSTIN MORRIS (Charmion). Off-Broadway: Die Momma, Die with Charles Busch; Love Loss and What I Wore; In The Daylight; Paper Dolls; Giants; The Other Place at The Alley Theatre, and several more. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Think Tank,” “No Hookups Please,” and the soon to be released “Ms. Guidance.” Morris can be seen daily on the Emmy Award-winning series “The Electric Company”playing Francine Caruthers and is the voice of Francine on the hit spinoff cartoon “Prankster Planet.” Film: Art Machine, Generation Umm with Keanu Reeves, Premium Rush with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the soon to be released Clint Eastwood movie Sully, for full film credits please visit her website. Morris is also a stand-up comedian and can be seen performing in clubs and theaters across the country. She performed stand up on AXS TV “Gotham Live.” For tour dates and info visitashleyaustinmorriscomedy.com

TONY SHELDON (Julius Caesar, Calpurnia, Lepidus).  A native of Australia where his many starring roles include Man of La Mancha, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, Private Lives, I Hate Hamlet, Noises Off, Into The Woods and Torch Song Trilogy. Tony won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a role he also played in Australia, New Zealand, London (Olivier Award nomination), and Toronto for 1750 performances. In New York, he appeared in The Band Wagon at City Center Encores!, Art & Science (Bridge Theatre), A Charles Dickens Christmas (Urban Stages), Saint Joan, The Millionairess, and Heartbreak House (Project Shaw). Regionally he has appeared in Empire (La Mirada); Amelie (Berkeley Rep); Ever After(Paper Mill); Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed); My Fair Lady (Guthrie Theatre); Victor/Victoria (Houston TUTS); and Camelot (Kennedy Center).

JENNIFER VAN DYCK (Octavian, Octavia) is delighted to be working again with Charles and Carl having created roles in Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister, and The Third Story. Recent work includes workshops of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Three Sisters of Weehawken at the O’Neill, J.T. Rogers’ Oslo at Lincoln Center and Sarah Schulman’s The Lady Hamlet at the Berkshire Theatre Group. She was in Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages, directed by Michael Barakiva. Other Off-Broadway includes: The Castle (PTP),The Picture Box (NEC), Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street),The Breadwinner, The Second Man (Keen Company),and work at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, EST, The Public. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Too Big to Fail, Michael Clayton, Across the Universe, “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Royal Pains,” many episodes of “Law & Order.” Jennifer also narrates many audiobooks.

JOE ZASO (Marc Antony). Joe first discovered Charles Busch when he played Frank Taggart in Red Scare on Sunset for the Studio Theatre of Lindenhurst.  Zaso has also appeared on stage in I Hate Hamlet! and The Winter’s Tale. Joe’s screen credits include: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Normal Heart, Five Dead on the Crimson Canvas, Virus X, Jack Attack, Hotel Bleu, Szamota’s Mistress, and Perry Street. On television, Joe has appeared on “All My Children.”  Zaso has produced and appeared in several European-made indie feature film thrillers including Barricade, Demonium, Timo Rose’s Beast, Darkness Surrounds Roberta, Nikos the Impaler and Braincell. Joe is also the author of five cookbooks under his alias of Cafe Himbo.

COMMUNITY Theater

Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)

March 25 through April 17

Tuesday April 5 and April 12 at 8PM

Wednesday through Friday at 8PM          

Saturday at 3PM and 8PM

Sunday 3/27/2016 and 4/17/2016 at 3PM Sunday  4/03/2016 and 4/10/2016 at 7PM

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