The Mystery of Irma Vep and Other Plays

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Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York's acclaimed Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the late Charles Ludlam ransacked theatrical and literary history in an evolutionary quest for a modern art of stage comedy. His more than 30 plays are among the most thought-provoking entertainments in the modern repertoire. As Ludlam himself put it, "This is farce, not Sunday school."

Collected here for the first time are Ludlam's most famous and celebrated works ...

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Overview


Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York's acclaimed Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the late Charles Ludlam ransacked theatrical and literary history in an evolutionary quest for a modern art of stage comedy. His more than 30 plays are among the most thought-provoking entertainments in the modern repertoire. As Ludlam himself put it, "This is farce, not Sunday school."

Collected here for the first time are Ludlam's most famous and celebrated works for the stage: The Mystery of Irma Vep: Ludlam's most famous play, this is a hilarious send up of Daphne de Maurier, Jane Eyre and Victorian cross dressing. Camille: based on La Dame aux Camélias, with Ludlam in the role of the tubercular courtesan, is both a laughfest and a tearjerker. Galas: the life of opera singer Maria Callas imagined as a modern tragedy, in which Ludlam himself assayed the part of the diva. Stage Blood: Ludlam's take on Shakespeare, with actors putting on Hamlet both on stage and back stage and somehow, in this tragedy, everything comes out for the best. Bluebeard: somewhat based on H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau, concerns a mad vivisectionist in search of a third sex. Introduction by Tony Kushner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361736
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Szecguan and Goethe's Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery; and two musical plays: St. Cecilia or The Power of Music and Caroline or Change. His collaboration with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children's opera, Brundibar, appeared in book form Fall 2003. Kushner grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York.
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Table of Contents

A Fan's Foreword
Charles Ludlam: A Brief Life
The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful 1
Galas: A Modern Tragedy 59
Stage Blood 117
Camille: A Tearjerker: A Travesty on La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas Fils 177
Bluebeard: A Melodrama in Three Acts 229
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