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By Adam Hetrick
28 Jun 2013

Charles Busch
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Tony Award nominee Charles Busch, playwright of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die! and book writer of Taboo.

We opened Vampire Lesbians of Sodom Off-Broadway in 1985 when the AIDS crisis was at full force and hysteria was rampant. People would bring their friends who were dying and in wheelchairs. They would come backstage afterwards, and I felt exactly as if were in the USO and this was my war and my little theatre company had a job to do. We were there to entertain our "troops." I was so proud to be there. I had long enjoyed the sexual freedom that the brave veterans of Stonewall and the Gay Liberation Movement had made possible but only now did I feel a part of a true community.