Charles Ludlam

Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) founded New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1967. For the next two decades, he wrote, directed and performed in nearly every show produced there, also designing for many productions. He was the author of 29 plays, including Bluebeard, Eunuchs of the Forbidden City, Camille, Reverse Psychology, Les Bourgeois Avant-Garde, Galas and The Mystery of Irma Vep—works which playwright Tony Kushner describes as “funny, erudite, poetic, transgressive, erotic, anarchic, moving and so theatrical they seem the Platonic ideal of everything we mean when we use that word.” He won Obie and Drama Desk Awards and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. Ludlam is considered a revolutionary of modern stage comedy and a pioneer of the off-off-Broadway movement.

Last Updated: July 10, 2013

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