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Charles Busch on Performing in Drag.

Playwright, female impersonator, and now novelist Charles Busch. His play, the camp classic, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom," was the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history. His other plays include, "Psycho Beach Party," and "Red Scare on Sunset." He has a new show which parodies the variety shows of the 60s, "The Charles Busch Revue," in which he makes seven costume changes in an hour and 15 minutes. One reviewer writes, "Among New York's drag performers, he is certainly the most congenial. Instead of freezing into imperious diva-like poses and spewing hostile sexual challenges, he is a man who revels in the opportunity to get himself up in drag, the more flamingly tacky the better, and create a party around it." Busch's first novel, "Whores of Lost Atlantis," will be published in November. (Hyperion).


Other segments from the episode on July 29, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 29, 1993: Interview with Charles Busch; Interview with Remo Franceschini; Review of the film "Rising Sun."


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