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Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful, The

Charles Ludlam

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573640469

"Far and away the funniest two hours on a New York stage... What more meaningful gift could Ludlam bequeath [audiences] than to leave them eternally laughing." - The New York Times

"A really good laugh... The story has to be seen to…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Period, Parody / Spoof

Time Period - 1930s, 1920s

Settings Of Play - In the library drawing room of "Mandacrest," the Hillcrest estate near Hampstead Heath, between the wars, and various places in Egypt.

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Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything.

"Far and away the funniest two hours on a New York stage... What more meaningful gift could Ludlam bequeath [audiences] than to leave them eternally laughing. " - The New York Times

"A really good laugh... The story has to be seen to be believed." -The New York Post

"Lunatic fun that keeps you in stitches." -The New York Daily News

"A true vaudeville tour de farce... It's wonderful." -Time "A hearty mixture of thrills, laughter and extravagant showmanship." -The Village Voice

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP first appeared at The Ridiculous Theatrical Company.
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CASTING

2m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

All roles are portrayed by two performers.

LADY ENID HILLCREST
LORD EDGAR HILLCREST
NICODEMUS UNDERWOOD
JANE TWISDEN
AN INTRUDER
IRMA VEP
Author
Charles Ludlam

Charles Ludlam

Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) grew up in Queens, New York, just a few subway stops from Greenwich Village, and the heart of Gay America. At twenty-four, he founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, where he wrote, directed and performed in almost every production for the next two decades, often with Everett Quinton, his life partner and muse, by his side. Renowned for drag, high comedy, melodrama, ... view full profile

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