Nov 2, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017

Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide

“An exceptionally lavish production…and improbable costumes by Ramona Ponce
that would be the envy of Lady Gaga…the cast seems to be having a high old time.”
-Ben Brantley, New York Times

Written by Charles Ludlam
Directed by Everett Quinton
Presented in association with Howl Arts

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On the 50th Anniversary of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and 30 years since Ludlam’s death, La MaMa celebrates the artistry of Charles Ludlam. A fully produced revival of Ludlam’s early masterwork Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide directed by Everett Quinton is the centerpiece of the Ludlam celebration. Conquest is an epic collage inspired by Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great that is as outrageous and timely today as when first performed in 1967.

CAST

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity

Everett Quinton*
COSROE & ZABINA

Beth Dodye Bass*
NATOLIA & WOMAN IN A CELL

Lenys Samá
BAJAZETH

Géraldine Dulex*
VENUS

Grant Neale*
TAMBERLAINE

Brian Belovitch*
ALICE

Jeanne Lauren Smith
EBEA

Shane Baker*
TECHELLUS

Eugene the Poogene
MAGNAVOX & PESTILENCE

Sommer Carbuccia
USUMCASANE & WITCH OF ENSOR & WAR & CONSUELA

John Gutierrez
ORTYGIUS & HUNGER & NEWSBOY & BALLERINA of URANUS

Everett Quinton recently directed Charles Ludlam’s, THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE with Theater Breaking Through Barriers.  Everett also directed IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL by Tennessee Willliams with Theater 292 and THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare with Yorick Theater. As an actor Everett recently appeared as Enobarbus and one of five Cleopatras in Shakespeare’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.  Everett also appeared as Paulina and Autolycus in THE WINTER’S TALE, and Idris Seabright in DROP DEAD PERFECT, to name a few. Everett is a long time member of THE RIDICULOUS THEATRICAL COMPANY where he appeared in Charles Ludlam’s CAMILLE, BLUEBEARD AND THE SECRET LIVES OF THE SEXISTS.  Georg Osterman’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE and BROTHER TRUCKERS.  As well as his own plays, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, LINDA AND CARMEN.

Charles Ludlam was an American actor, director, and playwright. Ludlam joined John Vaccaro‘s Play-House of the Ridiculous, and after a falling out, became founder of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in New York City in 1967. He taught or staged productions at New York University, Connecticut College for Women, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He won fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. He won six Obie Awards, the Rosamund Gilder Award for distinguished achievement in the theater in 1986 and in 2009, Ludlam was inducted posthumously into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Special Event

Free Staged Reading

November 5th following the 4pm performance
TheaterMania’s Zachary Stewart & Everett Quinton

Le Bourgeois

Avant-Garde

Written by Charles Ludlam
Directed by Tim Cusack | Assistant Directed by Bob Gilbo


Wednesday, Nov 8th
at La MaMa Galleria (47 Great Jones St)
7:00 PM

Cast
Nico Kiefer | Michael Levinton | James Arthur M.
Brandon Olson | Julia Pearlstein | William Alex Runnels
Makaela Shealy | Debbie Troché | Luis Villabon
Jack Waters

Stage

Blood

Written by Charles Ludlam
Directed by John Jesurun


Wednesday, Nov 15th
at La MaMa Galleria (47 Great Jones St)
7:00 PM

Cast
Ben Forster | John Hagan | Alenka Kraigher | Noah Arbesfeld
Claire Buckingham | Nicky Paraiso | Asta Hansen

Coffeehouse Chronicles #144: Charles Ludlam and the 50th Anniversary of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company
November 11, 2017