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Spring Theatre Production, Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch is an outrageously campy, gender-bending satire of 1960s Beach Party movies like Gidget and Beach Blanket Blanket Bingo with echoes of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thrillers and a little Mommie Dearest thrown in for good measure.

It’s Malibu Beach, 1962. Chicklet is a perky 15-year-old tomboy who desperately wants to learn how to surf and ties to get local guru of the waves, The Great Kanaka, to teach her. Unfortunately, Kanaka’s crew doesn’t think surfing is for chicks, and Chicket’s insanely over-protective mother is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her as far away from the male species as possible. To make matters worse, Chicket might be suffering from a multiple personality disorder and a mysterious figure has been terrorizing the beaches of Malibu in a series of bizarre attacks.

The author, Charles Busch, is a playwright and drag performer. He played the role of Chicklet in the original Off-Broadway production of Psycho Beach Party. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for his play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. A film version of Psycho Beach Party was released in 2000 featuring a then-yet-unknown Amy Adams. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has since become something of a midnight movie cult classic.

Psycho Beach Party is recommended for mature audiences due to sexual innuendo and a few instances of graphic language.

Dates and Times:

Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m (Matinee)

Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m.


Ticket Prices:

$5.00 Penn State Behrend Students, Faculty, and Staff or with valid student ID from another university.

$7.00 General Admission


Tickets for the general public may be reserved by calling the Reed Union Building desk at 814-898-6242. Behrend students, faculty and staff can purchase tickets directly at the RUB desk (first floor of Reed Union Building). Tickets generally go on sale 2 to 3 weeks prior to the show opening.

Please contact David Vegh ( for group rates or any additional information.

Free Visitor Parking is available in the Reed parking lot on campus. The Studio Theatre is about a 3-5 minute walk from the parking lot. You can access a campus map at the link below. The Studio Theatre (SDT) is located at R4 on the campus map. Special accommodations for handicapped parking and seating can be made by calling David Vegh at (818) 207-6436. If possible, please call a minimum of 8 hours in advance of the performance you would like to see.


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