Mystery of Irma Vep and Other Plays, The
In 1966, actor and playwright Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) completed Big Hotel, his first full-length play, and then, just a year later, founded the Ridiculous Theatre Company in New York City. RTC went on to stage dozens of his plays over the next 20 years including Camille, Turds from Hell, Stage Blood and Galas, his homage to acclaimed soprano Maria Callas. In 1984, he starred with his long-time partner, Everett Quinton, in his The Mystery of Irma Vep, which went on to become the most produced play in the U.S. in 1991 and in the longest running play in history in Brazil in 2003. Following his passing from complications from AIDS in 1987, the street in front of his theatre in Sheridan Square was renamed “Charles Ludlam Lane” in his honor.
First TCG Edition: 2001