Four Plays by Charles Busch

 




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"There's no doubt about it, Charles Busch's Theatre- in-limbo "has come into the mainstream of New York's off-Broadway legitimate theater with a story to tell and the high style and intelligence to tell it.” 

-LARRY S. LEDFORD, Theatre Week

 As if Hollywood B-movies weren't funny enough, Charles Busch's campy take-offs will catapult you to even giddier heights in this exclusive hardcover 4-in-1 collection!  From Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (now the longest running non-musical off-Broadway), which burlesques low-budget horror films and the 1920s "vamp," to Psycho Beach Party (originally titled Gidget Goes Psychotic), which satirizes the sunny, funny Annette Funicello/Frankie Avalon world of bulging biceps and beehive hairdos, Charles Busch creates hilarity!  Sleeping Beauty or Coma sees a would-be fashion model slipped a double dose of LSD, while Busch's latest success, The Lady in Question, is a loving spoof on World War II propaganda films and the delicious, self-sacrificing heroines who use their feminine wiles to seduce and subdue sadistic Nazis, all done in a way that's simply "bewitchingly enter- entertaining.” 

-CLIVE BARNES, New York Post 


The Fireside Theatre Publication*

Jacket Design by Rosemary Kracke    Cover photos by A. Martinez and T.L. Boston

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. 

Nothing escapes the demolition by laughter… The audience laughs at the first line and goes right on laughing at ever line to the end, and even at some of the silences. That’s no mean achievement. ”   Bruckner, New York Times

Published along with its companion piece “Sleeping Beauty or Coma”, the classic fairy tale retold in the sixties mod London fashion world. Stock and Amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th St. NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, contact, Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036

Psycho Beach Party

 “Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.   

Fiendishly funny! Zany!” Associated Press 
Gidget Goes Berserk!”  New York Times 
“Catch the wave of laughter. Gannett Westchester Newspapers   

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc.  45 West 25th  Street, New York, NY 10010. For all other inquiries contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, Suite 2401, New York, NY 10036

The Lady in Question 

A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as “Notorious” and “Escape”, “The Lady in Question” tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage. On tour in 1940 Bavaria, her colossal self-absorption is challenged when a handsome American professor engages her aid in rescuing his mother from a Nazi prison.

"The Lady in Question” is hilarious company." Frank Rich, New York Times
"Busch keeps the multi-layered joke afloat with extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring."
 
Feingold, The Village Voice
"The Lady in Question” has every lovable old cliché from 1940’s movie history, sent up with the flamboyance of a Fourth of July rocket."  Stearns, USA Today

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel  French, Inc.  45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, New York, NY 10036.

Sleeping Beauty or Coma 

The fairy tale of  Sleeping Beauty set in the swinging mod London of the1960's. Sebastian Lore, a flamboyant megalomaniacal fashion designer," discovers" a young mod temp receptionist, Enid Wetwhistle, and tries to turn her into a high fashion model. She rebels and finds refuge with a wacky young fairy godmother of a struggling fashion designer, Fauna Alexander, and her photographer boyfriend, Ian. The three become huge stars in the new mod era, with Enid now transformed as "Rose", and proclaimed as "the face of the sixties". Sebastian Lore plots his revenge on the trio and slips some bad LSD into Rose's drink. She lapses into a twenty-year coma. In the eighties, a handsome nutritionist named Craig Prince revives her and they all live happily ever after.

Published along with its companion piece “Sleeping Beauty or Coma”, the classic fairy tale retold in the sixties mod London fashion world. Stock and Amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th St. NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, contact, Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036

* Currently out of print