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Salammbo - Full Length Play, Comedy


Charles Ludlam

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 2f

ISBN: MS00000000205

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

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The master of The Ridiculous attempts the impossible and succeeds in this epic adaptation of Flaubert's novel of the fall of Carthage. Matho - leader of the barbarian hordes, played by bodybuilders in the original production - has fallen in love with the thirteen year old virgin priestess of the moon - Salammbo, played by Ludlam - and steals the sacred veil of Tanit to win her. Carthage is outraged, as embodied by Schahabarim, the eunuch priest, Hanno, a decadent Suffete who suffers from overweight and leprosy, and Hamilear Barca, father of Salammbo. This astonishing mix of sublime verse and low comedy includes a comic dance of the Seven Veils.
"Torrid, florid, and very funny " - Associated Press "Ample helpings of wicked humor." - New York Daily News "A crowd pleaser...a diverting romp." - Back Stage


6m, 2f


Cross gender casting, Room for Extras

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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