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LUDLAM, Charles
Archive of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company
New York, 1992. A collection of signs, posters, broadsides, flyers, transparencies, and photographs from The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the New York theatrical company founded by Charles Ludlam, that was notorious for its subversive and satiric stage productions featuring many of the city's top drag and camp performers of the 1970s and 80s. Overall the material is about near fine with light wear to most items including bumping or creasing at the edges, some glue residue or waviness to some of the original art, and one poster moderately creased. The Ridiculous Theatrical Company was founded by actor and playwright Charles Ludlam in 1967 following a disagreement with Theatre of the Ridiculous founder John Vaccaro. The two theatre groups took separate paths with Vaccaro pursing confrontational avant-garde works while Ludlam favored queer themes with irreverent humor and satire. Ludlam, who often produced, directed, and starred in each production, tackled many different genres from dime novels and film noir to adaptations of classic literature and opera, often reinterpreted in a broad acting style that encouraged camp, improvisation, cross-dressing, and nudity. The theater gained wide prominence in the 1980s winning several Drama Desk and Obie Awards for its productions and Ludlam was selected for both Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships. Sadly, just as he was breaking through to the mainstream, with roles on *Miami Vice* and the Hollywood film *The Big Easy*, Ludlam fell victim to the AIDS epidemic, dying in 1987, with Ludlam's partner and fellow actor Everett Quinton a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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