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Vaudevisuals interview with Everett Quinton – “Galas”

 Theatre at St. John’s in Association with Yorick Theater Company

presents

FIRST EVER REVIVAL OF 

Charles Ludlam’s

GALAS

Starring and Directed by

Everett Quinton

 

Vaudevisuals interviewed Ridiculous Theatrical Company member Everett Quinton. He discusses his revival of Charles Ludlam‘s ‘Critics Choice’ play “Galas” which is coming to Theater at St. John’s in Greenwich Village for a Limited Run.

June 13-28th, 2019.

(Originally produced in 1983 to rave reviews ‘One of the 10 Best Plays of the Year’. New York Times and Time Magazine)

The playing schedule for GALAS is as follows: Monday through Sunday evenings at 8pm, with official opening scheduled for Sunday, June 16th. There is an additional matinee performance on Sunday, June 16th at 3pm. There will be no performances on Tuesday, June 18th; Monday, June 24th; and Thursday, June 27th. Tickets are $25 and are available online HERE!

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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrating World Pride!

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Circus Amok – Coming to a Park Near YOU!

Are you ready for some Circus Amok??

For those of you not familiar with this wonderful group here is an excerpt from a book written about Radical Street Performance by Mark Sussman.

(Circus Amok…reinventing the circus form, borrowing drag fabulousness from Charles Ludlam’s Theater of the Ridiculous, large scale transformation using whole-body masks from Bread and Puppet Theater, and the outdoor bally and verbal rhythm and repertoire from the sideshow, as well as movement vocabulary from post-modern dance. The troupe balances danger with laughter, slipping its critique between the pies in the face and the surreal, scary, and sometimes gender-bent characters of the charivari.)

Saturday, Sept 2
Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria
Broadway & Vernon Blvd.
3:00pm

Sunday, Sept 3
Coney Island, Brooklyn
On the Boardwalk near 10th Street.
2:00pm & 4:00pm

Friday, Sept 8
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan.
9th Street and Avenue A
4:00pm & 6:00pm

Saturday, Sept 9
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
6th Ave and 44th Street
3:00pm


Sunday, Sept 10

Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
Madison Ave and East 122nd Street
3:00pm

Saturday, Sept 16
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx
St. Ann’s Ave and East 149th Street
3:00pm

Sunday, Sept 17
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Enter at 9th Street, cross the road and down the hill.
2:00pm & 4:00pm

ALL THE SHOWS ARE FREE!

To make a donation to Circus Amok (since these shows are FREE they need some $$$ to produce them)

Circus Amok is a 501(c)3 organization and all of your donations are tax-deductible!!

Go HERE. And Thank You!

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Charles Ludlam – Political Theater Pioneer

 

Ludlam.3:90Poster for Ridiculous Theatrical Company production of Charles Ludlam play ‘Der Ring Gott Farblonjet‘.

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A wonderful article by Eric Bentley on Charles Ludlam from April 1990 magazine “Theater Week“.

img052NY Times article about Everett Quinton’s “Life After Ludlam“.

To see videos of Charles Ludlam’s work go here.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Steve Samuels – “Charles Ludlam & The Ridiculous Theatre Company”

Charles Ludlam portrait

During his visit to NY last year I was fortunate to interview Steve Samuels. I met Steve when he was the General Manager of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company which was created by the brilliant Charles Ludlam. (pictured above)

I was so lucky to have seen many of The Ridiculous Theatrical Companies productions including The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Ventriloquist’s Wife, Corn, Camille, Reverse Psychology, Salammbo, The Artificial Jungle.

Steve Samuels is now producing, directing and acting in productions of his company The Magnetic Theatre Company in Asheville, NC.

In this interview he talks about his time with The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and his ever changing relationship with Charles Ludlam.

“Theater is life itself—you give people two hours of your life, onstage. Time is all we have, and sharing that with people is different from just creating an object.” 

“What I do is not gay theater — it’s something much worse. I don’t ask to be tolerated. I don’t mind being intolerable.”

Charles Ludlam 4/12/43 – 5/28/87

Everett Quinton and Charles LudlamEverett Quinton (left) with Charles Ludlam in “The Mystery of Irma Vep”.

(Photograph Anita & Steve Shevell)

Charles Ludlam by Frank RichPosting in The New York Times by Frank Rich

(Samuel French Page of Charles Ludlam Plays)

Here is a wonderful write up on ‘Dangerous Minds‘ blog about the great and throughly researched book “Ridiculous!: The Theatrical Life and TImes of Charles Ludlam” by David Kaufman. There is also a video of Charles on the Madeline Kahn show performing in drag. Great piece of TV history.

Steve Samuels worked with David Kaufman on this book as well.

 

Click here!

BONUS: Here is a link to Charles Ludlam’s lost 16mm films. Part 1 or 9 parts on YouTube. Click HERE.

 

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