Watch: The Lady in Question is Charles Busch

Enter the world of the king/queen of drag with a look at the actor/playwright’s early influences and his arduous rise to New York theater stardom in this 2005 documentary film directed by John Catania and Charles Ignacio.

In Catania and Ignacio’s first feature documentary we look deep inside the world of one of the most prolific, talented, and outrageous New York theater artists of the last two decades, beloved playwright, actor, novelist, drag artist, and leading lady, Charles Busch. Splashed on the map in 1984 at the dingy yet inspired Limbo Lounge as one of the burgeoning artists of New York’s East Village arts scene, Busch’s scandalously sex-charged, cross-dressing classic, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom quickly became a theater phenomenon. It moved from the Limbo Lounge to the Provincetown Playhouse and ran an unprecedented five years, securing its place as one of the longest-running shows in Off- Broadway history. Vampire Lesbians of Sodom also marked the birth of one of New York’s most memorable theatrical companies, as Busch’s legendary Theater-in-Limbo plays brought together an eclectic troupe of actors whose talents are on display in rare archival video footage.

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