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Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents A New Season Of DRAMALOGUE – Talking Theatre!

Charles Busch has forged a unique place in the world of entertainment as playwright, actor, director, novelist, cabaret performer, and drag icon. On Tuesday, December 11, the multi-talented artist comes to Palm Beach Dramaworks to kick off the popular series Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! In addition to discussing his illustrious career with Sheryl Flatow, Busch will also perform several songs, accompanied on the piano by Tom Judson. The program will be presented twice, at 2pm and 7pm, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre.

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist, and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (in which he did not appear), which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. Mr. Busch is a two-time MAC Award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, London, Paris, and New York. In the winter of 2016, his show The Lady at the Mic premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. His first CD, Charles Busch Live at Feinstein's 54 Below, was released in 2016 by Broadway Records.
Dramalogue
Dramalogue is a series made up of five programs that explore all aspects of theatre in conversations with or about the industry's top professionals and master artists. The second program takes place on January 8, with Mark Perlberg examining the extraordinary career of playwright August Wilson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences will be performed by PBD from March 29-April 21. Wilson won a second Pulitzer for The Piano Lesson. Both of those works are part of his remarkable Pittsburgh Cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade, that offer lyrical, passionate insight into the struggles of black Americans in the twentieth century.

Next up, on March 5, is a live interview moderated by J. Barry Lewis called American Regional Theatre: Our purpose, our impact, our future! Joining him to discuss a subject of great significance to PBD are Teresa Eyring, executive director of Theatre Communications Group, and Sherron Long, executive director of the Florida Professional Theatres Association. Lewis returns on April 9 to present a program about playwright John Guare, whose The House of Blue Leaves is the final offering of the 2018-2019 season. Lewis will also direct that production, which runs from May 17-June 2. Guare's distinguished career includes the play Six Degrees of Separation, the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and the screenplay for Atlantic City. The series concludes on April 23, when Flatow interviews Ted Chapin, chief creative officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. In addition to his work in that capacity, Chapin is co-founder of the Encores! series at City Center, and is author of Everything was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies, based on his experience as the production assistant on the original Broadway production of the fabled musical.

Mark Perlberg is the executive producer of Dramalogue. Presentations may include videos clips and/or scene readings. Audiences are invited to participate in a Q&A at the conclusion of each event. Individual tickets are $25.

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.


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