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Charles Busch, Playwright


Primary Stages:

The Tribute Artist
, 2013

Olive and the Bitter Herbs
, 2011

You Should Be So Lucky
, 1994


ESPA Faculty, Fall 2011




Career Highlights:

The Divine Sister, 2010

        Soho Playhouse

The Third Story, 2008

         La Jolla Playhouse/MCC Theater

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (Tony nom.), 2000

        Manhattan Theatre Club/Ethel Barrymore Theater

Die, Mommie, Die!, 1999

        The Coast Playhouse

Red Scare on Sunset, 1991

        WPA Theatre/Lucille Lortel Theatre

The Lady in Question, 1988

        WPA Theatre/Orpheum Theatre

Psycho Beach Party, 1987

        Players Theatre

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, 1984

        Limbo Lounge/The Provincetown Playhouse




Nickname: Up until I was 20, I was called Chuck.

Pre-show ritual: At 15 minutes to curtain, I go over and over all my lines from the first scene until I make myself totally crazy and then think I can't remember anything.

Current book I'm reading: Reading Jackie about Jackie Kennedy's years as a book editor.

Highlight of the year: Opening night of The Divine Sister at the Soho Playhouse last September.

Perfect Day: Showing a classic film I love to an interested young person who's never seen it.

Theater urban legend: Supposedly the famous British actress, Gladys Cooper, had a sister who wanted to go on the stage. Unfortunately, at her debut, she thought the audience was hissing and decided never to act again. She didn't realize that they were merely whispering "That's Gladys Cooper's sister."

Alter ego: The actress!

Favorite place: Abingdon Square

Hidden talent: Portrait artist

Last show you loved: Seeing Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music.

Guilty pleasure: Julie Halston

Something you don't want us to know: My plays are filled with very personal information about me, but fortunately, no one ever bothers to look for it.



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