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Theatre Of The Ridiculous

Author : Kelly I. Aliano
ISBN : 9781476634722
Genre : Performing Arts
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 Theatre of the Ridiculous is a significant movement that highlighted the radical possibilities inherent in camp. Much of contemporary theatre owes this form a great debt but little has been written about its history or aesthetic markers. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the important practitioners, along with critical commentary of their work. Beginning with Ridiculous’ most recognizable name, Charles Ludlam, the author traces the development of this campy, queer genre, from the B movies of Maria Montez to the Pop Art scene of Andy Warhol to the founding of the Play-House of the Ridiculous and the dawn of Ludlam’s career and finally to the contemporary theatre scene.

Charles Ludlam And The Ridiculous Theatrical Company

Author : Rick Roemer
ISBN : 0786445106
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In the late 1960s, Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) first brought his unique brand of theatre to New York audiences. Based in part on traditional comic characters, his "ridiculous" school included such inspirations as Hollywood B movies, camp, drag, opera and theatrical artifice. His shows were also a study in self-collaboration; Ludlam performed simultaneous roles as playwright, director, designer, and actor in his own Off Broadway theatre--the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. Critically, Ludlam's works were often overlooked or misunderstood, and since his death The Mystery of Irma Vep is the only one of his 29 plays that is consistently performed in regional theatres. His work was very visually oriented; much is lost in the simple reading of them. This work provides an overview of Ludlam's life and the roots of the ridiculous. It explores the theatrical underpinnings of his work and then the whole Ludlam canon. The work includes detailed examinations of such plays as Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde, Bluebeard, Galas and Stage Blood. It concludes with a look at Ludlam's work in the 1980s when he redirected his efforts towards presenting new plays, many of them original farces.

Ridiculous Theatre

Author : Charles Ludlam
ISBN : UOM:39015028424094
Genre : Performing Arts
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Theatre Of The Ridiculous

Author : Bonnie Marranca
ISBN : 0801856973
Genre : Drama
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As a theatrical form, the "ridiculous" thrived in the 1970s and early 1980s, playfully subverting dramatic and social convention in its mix of camp, role-playing, literary and cinematic allusions--and anticipating the current interest in gender, cross-dressing, and popular culture. Originally published in 1979, THEATRE OF THE RIDICULOUS (now revised and updated) was the first book to document this innovative and challenging form.


Author : David Kaufman
ISBN : 155783637X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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(Applause Books). From his first unscripted appearance on an Off-Broadway stage in the revolutionary 1960s to the frontpage news of his death from AIDS in 1987 at age 44, Charles Ludlam embodied and helped to engender the upheavals of his time. The astonishing life and legacy of this force to be reckoned with are at last revealed in RIDICULOUS! , a literary biography of an American comic genius. After founding the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1967, Ludlam sustained an ever-shifting troupe of bohemian players through two decades of perennially daunting circumstances by writing 29 plays plays that he starred in and directed as well. While Ludlam's work has become increasingly popular at regional theatres, on college campuses, and on stages throughout the world, his gender-bending theories and wide-ranging cultural impact have reached far beyond Bette Midler, the original cast members of Saturday Night Live and the countless other artists he influenced during his abbreviated lifetime. Like his early plays, Ludlam's life was rife with the sex, drugs and creative experimentation that characterized the freewheeling '60s and '70s. Based on a decade of research and interviews with more than 150 people who knew or worked with Ludlam including all of the major players in his troupe and seven of his lovers RIDICULOUS! recreates the dramatic life of an inimitable and subversive theatrical master with you-are-there intensity. Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for Biography and the Theatre Library Association Award for Outstanding Theatre Book of the Year "David Kaufman makes a persuasive case for Ludlam's being a genius ... As a record of Ludlam's life and the theatrical world in which he was both guru and grandmaster, this book is informed and passionate." Mel Gussow, The New York Times "A fascinating portrait of an authentic stage genius and the New York avant-garde scene in which he toiled with such demented and dedicated diligence." Playbill "The phenom who inspired everyone from Bette Midler and Madeline Kahn to Tony Kushner and Paul Rudnick was no box of chocolates which, as reading experiences go, makes his story all the sweeter." Vanity Fair "This is one helluva piece of work." Marilyn Stasio,

Charles Ludlam Lives

Author : Sean Edgecomb
ISBN : 9780472053551
Genre : History
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Playwright, actor and director Charles Ludlam (1943–1987) helped to galvanize the Ridiculous style of theater in New York City starting in the 1960s. Decades after his death, his place in the chronicle of American theater has remained constant, but his influence has changed. Although his Ridiculous Theatrical Company shut its doors, the Ludlamesque Ridiculous has continued to thrive and remain a groundbreaking genre, maintaining its relevance and potency by metamorphosing along with changes in the LGBTQ community. Author Sean F. Edgecomb focuses on the neo-Ridiculous artists Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, and Taylor Mac to trace the connections between Ludlam’s legacy and their performances, using alternative queer models such as kinetic kinship, lateral historiography, and a new approach to camp. Charles Ludlam Lives! demonstrates that the queer legacy of Ludlam is one of distinct transformation—one where artists can reject faithful interpretations in order to move in new interpretive directions.


Author : Gustave Flaubert
ISBN : UOM:39015019800799
Genre : Carthage (Extinct city)
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Theatre Performance Historiography

Author : Rosemarie Bank
ISBN : 1137397292
Genre : History
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The questions that frame the discussion of theatre and performance historiography today often concern its relationship to the cultures performing it and the thought processes it expresses. This volume draws attention to and investigates a historiography whose function is to be a mode of thinking, a model of action within the existing real. These essays address how theatre/performance historians analyze the historiographical methodologies that have been used to write theatrical and performance histories, how they resituate theorizations of the archive, of periodization, and of the past within theatre/performance research. As a result, the focus of this volume is not on the way reality is experienced by an historical subject, but how the reality of time, space, and matter mediates historical subjects. This exploration exposes the inner contradictions in the social and ideological organizations of history by establishing a different way of thinking about historiography, one which presents a challenge to current social organizations of and ontologies about historical subjects.

The Complete Plays Of Charles Ludlam

Author : Charles Ludlam
ISBN : 0060963999
Genre : Drama
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Briefly traces the playwright's life, and presents all twenty-nine of his plays, which combined farce, melodrama, and satire

Playing Underground

Author : Stephen J. Bottoms
ISBN : 0472031945
Genre : Performing Arts
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The first comprehensive history of the roots of off-off Broadway, a theater whose legacy is still felt today. It was the launching pad for many leading contemporary theater artists, including Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and others, and it was a pivotal influence on improv comedy and shows like Saturday Night Live.

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