Red Scare on Sunset

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 4f

"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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Red Scare on Sunset

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

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

Videos

  • Red Scare at Sunset
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Keywords

Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Hollywood, CA, 1951
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 4f
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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Cast 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.

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Authors

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 M ...

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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.

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