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Isle of The Hermaphrodites or The Murdered Minion - Full Length Play, Comedy

Isle of The Hermaphrodites or The Murdered Minion

Charles Ludlam

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Full Length Play, Comedy

10m, 2f

ISBN: MS00000000204

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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A Ridiculous costume comedy set in the Parisian court of Henry III and his mother, Catherine De' Medici. The Duke of Guise plots with Catherine to rid France of Protestants, and the resultant St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre raises the ire of Henry and his trusted, mincing minions, St. Muggeroon, Epernoun, and Joyeuse. With the help of Catherine's astrologer, Ruggieri, Muggeroon makes love to the Duchess of Guise, which only increases the Duke's blood lust. Based in part on Dumas pere's Henri III et sa cour—perhaps second in popularity on the French stage only to Camille, by Dumas fils—Isle of the Hermaphrodites deals a comic death blow to religious and sexual prejudice.


10m, 2f


Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), 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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