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Episode 11
Charles Busch


Self-described as “driven to be on stage,” Charles Busch has forged a career as both a writer and actor. In his interview with Rich Orloff, Busch examines the rejection he’s faced and describes how he learned to value his own voice.

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CHARLES BUSCH (born 1954)

Playwright, Actor

Charles Busch has authored and stared in numerous plays such as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon. His play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom ran Off-Broadway for five years and received a Best Play Tony nomination in 2001 for his comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Busch won a 2003 Sundance Film Festival award for best performance for his staring role in the film version of his play Die Mommie Die.

Works Include: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (1984); Sleeping Beauty or Coma (1984); Times Square Angel (1984); Pardon My Inquisition or Kiss The Blood(1986); Gidget Goes Psychotic (1986); Psycho Beach Party (1987); The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (2000); The Divine Sister (2010); Judith of Bethulia (2012).