The Divine Sister


Written by Charles Busch


Play - Comedy


One Act - approximately 90 minutes


Nominee: 2010 Off-Broadway Alliance Award - Best New Play


The Divine Sister is a comic celebration of such Hollywood films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, and The Singing Nun!

Originally played by the legendary Charles Busch, St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions,” sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows.

The Divine Sister leads us on this madcap trip through Tinseltown’s religiosity and promises to deliver unto you it’s miraculous, zany style of fun!

Casting Notes


Originally cast with 6 cast members but expandable


2 Males / 4 Females*
* The role of Mother Superior was originally played by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag but is an option.


“Cue the “Hallelujah” chorus, Charles Busch has put on a nun’s habit and is talking to God, from whom he has evidently received blessed counsel. 'The Divine Sister', his new comedy finds Mr. Busch returned to his peak form. This gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns is his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades. Get thee to 'The Divine Sister'.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Comic Heaven! Anyone hoping to keep a straight face hasn’t got a prayer!”
– Roma Torre, NY1

“A divinely outrageous comedic romp!”
– New York Post

“A sublime comedy! 'The Divine Sister' is a gleefully inspired parody with all the joyful exuberance of early Busch classics.”
– Variety

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