Die Mommie Die

By Charles Busch

Directed by Michael Bruno

This comic melodrama evokes the 1960s thrillers Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starred in. A faded pop star, trapped in a bad marriage, kills her husband to be with her younger lover. Their daughter convinces their son to kill their mother to avenge her father’s death. Along the way secrets are revealed…and HILARITY ensues!

Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: June 16 - July 1, 2017

Performance Times:
6/16 & 6/17 8pm. 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24 8pm. 6/25 2pm. 6/29 & 6/30 8pm. 7/1 2pm

Ticket Prices: $15 Thursdays and Sunday & $20 Fridays and Saturdays.

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


A comic melodrama that evokes the 1960s "grande guignol" films that featured aging stars such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. Ex-pop singer, Angela Andrews, is trapped in a hateful marriage with film producer Sol Sussman. Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out of work TV actor, Tony Parker, Angela murders her husband with the aid of a poisoned suppository. In a plot that reflects Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood kitsch, Angela’s Elektra-like daughter, Edith, convinces Angela’s emotionally disturbed son, Lance, that they must avenge their father’s death by killing their mother. Lance, demanding proof of Angela’s crime, slips some LSD into her after-dinner coffee. Angela is plunged into a wild acid trip that reveals that not only did she kill the children’s father but also their mother, for she isn’t their mother at all but rather their Aunt Barbara. A surprising twist ending has all of the Sussman family’s dirty laundry aired out for once and for all. Angela or rather Aunt Barbara realizes that happiness cannot be built upon a foundation of lies and turns herself in to the police.


Directed by Michael Bruno
Produced by Michael Finnegan
Stage Managed by Gigi Vail

3m, 3f


Drag performance, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


The role of Angela was originally played by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag.


Auditioners will read from the script. No prepared monologues needed.

MONDAY FEB. 13th at 6:30pm
WEDNESDAY FEB. 15th at 6:30pm

Rehearsal starts early April.

Show dates are JUNE 16th thru JULY 1st 2017 at The Bartell Theatre.

Contact Bruno@stageq.com for more info.