Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Sunday, March 11, 2012
By Charles Ludlam Directed by Michael Barakiva
March 8 at 7 pm March 9 at 7 pm March 10 at 7 pm March 11 at 2 pm and 7 pm
$10 general admission; $5 senior citizens, Bard alumni/ae and non-Bard students; free for the Bard community. Reservations required. Box office 845-758-7900
The Bard Theater Program presents Charles Ludlam’s legendary comedy, Stage Blood, from the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. In this comedy, when a dysfunctional family tours the provinces performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the consequences are unexpected.
Charles Ludlam, playwright, founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in New York City in 1967. He wrote 29 plays and taught Comedia Della Arte at several colleges including NYU. He usually appeared in his plays, and was a great comedic actor. When he died tragically young of AIDS, the street in front of his former theater in Sheridan Square was renamed “Charles Ludlam Lane” in his honor.
Ludlam wrote a manifesto entitled Ridiculous Theater, Scourge of Human Folly in which the first axiom of seven was “You are a living mockery of your own ideals. If not, you have set your ideals too low.”