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Bookwaves – September 13, 2018: Charles Busch, “Red Scare on Sunset”

Richard Wolinsky and Charles Busch. Photo: Charles Busch.

Legendary playwright, cabaret performer, actor, and drag superstar Charles Busch is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Charles Busch, as a playwright, was nominated for the Tony Award for “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.” Among his other works are “Red Scare on Sunset,” which has a production at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre, Sept 21- Oct. 21, 2018, “The Divine Sister,” “The Lady in Question” and the long-running off-Broadway hit, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.”

From his website:

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. For two seasons, he appeared as Nat Ginzburg on the HBO series OZ and is the author of the auto-biographical novel Whores of Lost Atlantis. He has directed two films; the Showtime short subject, Personal Assistant, and a feature, A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival. Due to his love and knowledge of film and theatre history, he has appeared as a guest programmer and in numerous documentaries for Turner Classic Movies, and has lectured and conducted master classes at many colleges and universities including NYU, Harvard, UCLA and Amherst College.

New Conservatory website

Charles Busch website

An extended 40-minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.

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