$50 Opening Night: Sept 30

Virtual Reading: The Tribute Artist

Archived Show


Produced by:
Primary Stages
September 30 - October 04, 2020
Run Time:
2 Hours, 10 Minutes
Yes, included in run time.
$35 (Members $25)

Show Info

written by & starring Charles Busch
directed by Carl Andress

with Mary Bacon, Julie Halston, Keira Keeley, Carole Monferdini, and Jonathan Walker

Primary Stages kicks off its renewed partnership with 59E59 Theaters by virtually reviving the last show we presented on their stage – THE TRIBUTE ARTIST by Charles Busch. This show, originally presented in 2014, features Busch as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity 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 an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch’s signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this play by the master of farce.


Opening Night
Wednesday, September 30

Join us for our Opening Night Virtual Celebration. A $50 Ticket includes an exclusive post-performance talkback and online celebration via Zoom with members of the cast and artistic staff.

Seeing Between The Lines
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00-8:00pm, EDT

This one-night workshop in association with Charles Busch's THE TRIBUTE ARTIST will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg. A dramaturg's job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. Prior to the Virtual Reading of Charles Busch's THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, participants will read the script and then delve into the text with Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director, Erin Daley — giving you an exciting perspective and insight when you watch the reading later that week! 

Charles Busch (Playwright) is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of the longest running plays in the history of Off-Broadway, 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. 


Producing Company

Primary Stages

Primary Stages: Foundation Series

The Foundation Series celebrates the artists that are the bedrock of Primary Stages's family, and they’re thrilled to revisit them through a series of Virtual Readings. These artists are foundational members of their organization, whose work has continually inspired them through the years and reminds us why the theater is worth fighting for.

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