Rusch, Christine

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Rusch, Christine

(K. Biadaszkiewicz, P.T. Hopewell)

PERSONAL: Father a professor; mother a homemaker; married David Rusch (a scientist). Ethnicity: "French, Polish, German." Education: Temple University, M.Ed. Religion: Society of Friends (Quakers). Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, crocheting, houseplants.

ADDRESSES: Agent—Linda Roghaar, Roghaar Literary Agency, Inc., 133 High Point Dr., Amherst, MA 01002. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Playwright. Best Lunch Theater Ever, North Carolina, cofounder, 1981; People's Theater, South Carolina, cofounder, 2002.

MEMBER: Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, South Carolina ScriptWriters.

AWARDS, HONORS: Best Play Award, Southern Exposure, for Potato Girl; Judith Siegel Pierson Award, Wayne State University, for Past Angry; Producers Choice Award, Turnip Theater Festival, for The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Back Yard.

WRITINGS:

PLAYS

Potato Girl, produced in Buffalo, NY, by Ensemble Studio Theater, 1981.

Beyond the Blues, produced by Performance Network, 1989.

Vanishing Point, produced in New York, NY, by Works by Women, 1992.

Past Angry, produced in New York, NY, at Myriad Film and Theater Festival, 1999.

The Absence of Felicity, produced in Beaufort, SC, at South Carolina Playwrights Conference, 2000.

The New Sign, produced in New York, NY, by Present Company, 2002.

Other plays include The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Back Yard, The Boston 49 Flamingo, The Day JFK Was Shot, How to Measure Half an Egg, Palo Alto, Lucky Charms, Beauty Secrets (of the World's Greatest Hooker), Ephemerals, Nothing Soup, The Man Who Came Back as a Ballroom Dancer, A Samba for Wanda, Miss Ravina Davoir and Her Tiltawheel Carnival, The Charity Fish Fry, Lemonade Lagoon, Going After, Sarajevo, Madame Curie and Amadeus, and Jinnistan.

OTHER

Contributor of poetry and short stories to periodicals. Some writings appear under pseudonyms K. Biadaszkiewicz or P.T. Hopewell.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on race.

SIDELIGHTS: Christine Rusch told CA: "What doesn't change [in my writing] is the truth of the characters. Everything else changes. Only the soul is constant."