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Edited by Steven Samuels "Unguarded, witty, articulate and extremely smart.” –Frank Rich, New York Times “The greatest comic genius of our time.” –Judith Malina, The Living Theatre 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 evolutionar Edited by Steven Samuels "Unguarded, witty, articulate and extremely smart.” –Frank Rich, New York Times “The greatest comic genius of our time.” –Judith Malina, The Living Theatre 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. Seen by some as simply a gifted buffoon, Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly exposes Ludlam as a clear-eyed, hard-headed thinker and master craftsman. His luminous essays (never widely available in his lifetime) and provocative opinions (drawn from interviews, unpublished papers and notebooks) reveal a complex mind comprehensively focused on theatrical invention. Charles Ludlam: Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York’s acclaimed Ridiculous Theatrical Company. During his twenty years with the Ridiculous, Ludlam won Obie and Drama Desk awards as well as playwriting fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. His more than thirty plays are among the most thought-provoking entertainments in the modern repertoire and continue to be widely performed throughout the world.


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Edited by Steven Samuels "Unguarded, witty, articulate and extremely smart.” –Frank Rich, New York Times “The greatest comic genius of our time.” –Judith Malina, The Living Theatre 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 evolutionar Edited by Steven Samuels "Unguarded, witty, articulate and extremely smart.” –Frank Rich, New York Times “The greatest comic genius of our time.” –Judith Malina, The Living Theatre 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. Seen by some as simply a gifted buffoon, Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly exposes Ludlam as a clear-eyed, hard-headed thinker and master craftsman. His luminous essays (never widely available in his lifetime) and provocative opinions (drawn from interviews, unpublished papers and notebooks) reveal a complex mind comprehensively focused on theatrical invention. Charles Ludlam: Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York’s acclaimed Ridiculous Theatrical Company. During his twenty years with the Ridiculous, Ludlam won Obie and Drama Desk awards as well as playwriting fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. His more than thirty plays are among the most thought-provoking entertainments in the modern repertoire and continue to be widely performed throughout the world.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter Landau

    Have I seen the works of Charles Ludlam? I vaguely remember Irma Vep and don’t think I liked it. But that was years ago, probably when it was produced and I was still a snotty child. But he interested me enough to have bought this book years ago, though not to have read it until now. It’s a collection of essays and opinions, not his plays, much of which has been transcribed from interviews. The guy liked to talk and had a lot of opinions, often about how talented and good at his work he was. Tha Have I seen the works of Charles Ludlam? I vaguely remember Irma Vep and don’t think I liked it. But that was years ago, probably when it was produced and I was still a snotty child. But he interested me enough to have bought this book years ago, though not to have read it until now. It’s a collection of essays and opinions, not his plays, much of which has been transcribed from interviews. The guy liked to talk and had a lot of opinions, often about how talented and good at his work he was. That can be annoying, if your a proponent of low self-esteem, as I am. But he is entertaining and insightful about humor and art, which won me over. The guy was no idiot and while I’ve moved away from hard lines of what I think is good or not into something that is more open-minded, less critical and perhaps too passive, it’s refreshing to read a man who has made decisions and explains them well. It helps that they’re on target. Mine always seem to miss the mark. Guess it’s time to look up his plays and once again realize what a foolish boy I was.

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