The Nunsense concept originated as a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant. The cards caught on so quickly that Goggin decided to expand the concept into a cabaret show called The Nunsense Story, which opened for a four-day run at Manhattan’s Duplex and remained for 38 weeks, encouraging its creator to expand it into a full-length theater production.
The original production of Nunsense, directed by Goggin, opened on December 12, 1985 at the Off-Broadway commencing a ten year run. It ran for 3,672 performances, becoming the second-longest running Off-Broadway show in history (after The Fantasticks). By the time it closed, it had become an international phenomenon translated into at least 26 languages with more than 8,000 productions worldwide.
Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise while they were off playing bingo with a group of Maryknolls. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. Chaos follows as the monies were spent before all the burials have been completed.
Dates and Ticket Information
Our summer musical production of Nunsense is directed by Danielle Dutro McNamara, with musical direction by Lacey McNamara. Three performances each weekend, July 28 thru August 20, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Admission $25. The preview performance is on Thursday, July 27, at 7:30 PM. $15 admission for this performance only! A wine bar is available one hour before each of the evening performances and at intermission. Click here for further ticket information.