Charles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, by Sean Edgecomb

By Sean Edgecomb

Playwright, actor and director Charles Ludlam (1943–1987) helped to provoke the Ridiculous kind of theater in big apple urban beginning within the 1960s.  many years after his dying, his position within the chronicle of yank theater has remained consistent, yet his impact has changed.  even though his Ridiculous Theatrical corporation close its doorways, the Ludlamesque Ridiculous has persisted to thrive and stay a groundbreaking style, retaining its relevance and efficiency by way of metamorphosing besides alterations within the LGBTQ community.  

Author Sean F. Edgecomb makes a speciality of the neo-Ridiculous artists Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, and Taylor Mac to track the connections among Ludlam’s legacy and their performances, utilizing substitute queer types corresponding to kinetic kinship, lateral historiography, and a brand new method of camp. Charles Ludlam Lives! demonstrates that the queer legacy of Ludlam is certainly one of special transformation—one the place artists can reject devoted interpretations in an effort to flow in new interpretive directions.

 

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