Full Length Play
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
Alcohol, Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
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.
"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.