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Red Scare on Sunset - Full Length Play, Comedy

Red Scare on Sunset

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573703157

"You have to champion the ingenuity of Busch's writing which twirls twist upon twist and spins into comedy heaven." - Newsday

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Parody / Spoof

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Hollywood, CA, 1951

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Politics

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The time: the fifties; the place: Hollywood, where film star Mary Dale finds the Red Menace invading her own Beverly Hills backyard. When she discovers that her husband has been lured into the local Communist party by way of a method acting class and that there is a left wing plot afoot to abolish the star system, Mary wages a private war to save her husband, her country and billing over the title. The McCarthy era is turned on its head in this novel take on a serious subject.

REVIEWS

"You have to champion the ingenuity of Busch's writing which twirls twist upon twist and spins into comedy heaven." - Newsday

"Mr. Busch is a first-class satirist and farceur and Red Scare on Sunset is definitely Busch at his best." - The New Yorker


Red Scare on Sunset originally opened at The WPA Theatre in March, 1991 (Kyle Renick, Artistic Director). It subsequently opened at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in June, 1991. It was directed by Kenneth Elliott.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Drag performance, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

There was much doubling of roles. The central role of Mary Dale was performed by the author, Charles Busch, in drag, but that is not necessary.

RALPH BARNES
JERRY
PAT PILFORD
FRANK TAGGART
MARY DALE
MALCOLM
MARTA TOWERS
SALESGIRL
MITCHELL DRAKE
BERTRAM BARKER
R.G. BENSON
GRANNY LOU
OLD LADY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Red Scare at Sunset

Author
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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