Kicking off the second annual "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" play reading series, Busch will star under the direction of Steve Maler.
Serving as the basis for the musical Hello, Dolly!, Wilder's farce follows the story of a Yonkers, New York matchmaker who arranges the unions of three young couples, while making her own move on a wealthy curmudgeon.
Busch is perhaps best known as the actor and/or author of Vampire Lesbians in Sodom and Psycho Beach Party, which he also adapted for the big screen. His other works include The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Queen Amarantha, Shanghai Moonand Flipping My Wig. He recently wrote the film "Die Mommie Die!" (which he starred in) and the libretto for the musical Taboo.
The"American Voices" series, which "showcases classic American works," launched last season with readings of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Denis O'Hare (Assassins, Take Me Out), August Wilson's Fences with Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues), David Mamet's American Buffalo and Sam Shepard's True West read by Paul Rudd (The Shape of Things).
Upcoming works scheduled to be read as part of the series include Charles Fuller's A Soldier’s Play (March 7, 2005), Arthur Miller's All My Sons (May 16, 2005) and Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour (June, 2005). All performances will take place at 7 PM and will be followed by a short question and answer session. Tickets for the "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" series are available at The Shubert Theatre Box Office, 265 Tremont Street in Boston, MA or by calling (800) 447-7400. For more information, visit www.wangcenter.org.