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Collected here for the first time are Ludlam's most famous and celebrated works ...
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.
|A Fan's Foreword|
|Charles Ludlam: A Brief Life|
|The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful||1|
|Galas: A Modern Tragedy||59|
|Camille: A Tearjerker: A Travesty on La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas Fils||177|
|Bluebeard: A Melodrama in Three Acts||229|