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Red Scare on Sunset

Sept 21 - Oct 21, 2018

By Charles Busch

San Francisco Premiere

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It’s 1950’s Hollywood and the Cold War is about to come knocking on silver-screen star Mary Dale’s palatial front door: her husband’s Method acting class is a front for the Communist party and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Mary must rally to defend her marriage, Hollywood and the American way in this outrageously funny and ironically timely parody from Charles Busch, the master of camp. 


By Charles Busch
Directed by Allen Sawyer


Note: Non-toxic water vapor-based cigarette smoke simulation is used in this production.




"... laugh lines are lip-smackingly good" - San Francisco Chronicle


 “... a razor-sharp spoof ... J. Conrad Frank reigns drag-queen supreme” - Theatre Eddys


“... sparkling production full of wonderful performances ... smart political thought piece couched in laugh-filled comedy” - For All Events

“... an anti-authoritarian shot of fun” - Bay Area Reporter


“If you're looking for something to lift your spirits as we get closer to the midterm elections, Busch's play may be just the tonic you need” - My Cultural Landscape


“... a thrilling combination of melodrama rooted in honesty” - Theatrius


“... some of the most amazing gowns ever seen on a Bay Area stage” - Talkin' Broadway




Happy Hour is a Drag

Enjoy music, cocktails, and a special drag performance on Thursday nights pre-show.  Free with ticket purchase. Bar opens at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm on Sept 27, Oct 4, 11 and 18th.


Sept 27: Hosted by Paige Turner, featuring Dusty Pörn > Buy Now

Oct 4: Hosted by Ruby Vixen, featuring Elsa Touche > Buy Now

Oct 11: Hosted by Ruby Vixen, featuring Paige Turner > Buy Now

Oct 18: Hosted by Belle Bottoms, featuring Coco Buttah > Buy Now



Pay-what-you-wish Previews

Sept 21 - 28 are preview performances and guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability > learn more


Post-show talkbacks

Oct 7th with the cast and director


Opening Night

Sept 29th will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites 



Season Producers: Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers: Jorge R. Hernández & Ron Jenkins
Producers: Jeff Malloy & Dean Shibuya, Bennet Marks & Kim Harris, Richard Meiss & Peter Rudy

Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

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