by  Charles Ludlam

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 5f

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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Laughter and tears are provoked by this Ridiculous "modern tragedy," an investigation into the life of an original, demanding artist, based on the life of Maria Callas. With Charles Ludlam in the title role. Galas was named one of the best plays of the year by TIME magazine and The New York Times.
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"A giddy travesty... with reckless energy and a wickedly contemporary show-biz savvy, this clown prince is putting the art back in commedia dell'arte" - TIME"Inspired clowning... one of Ludlam's wittiest farces ever." - The New York Times "A stunning vision." - Women's Wear Daily "Galas begins as parody, moves through lampoon and farce, and finishes with a bittersweet coda. It's ridiculous, all right, but it's also real theater, bursting with energy and invention." - Christian Science Monitor


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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 Ever ...

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