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50 Years of Theatre of the Ridiculous

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Start:
May 15, 2017
End:
May 15, 2017
Venue:
Segal Theatre
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Monday, May 15
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Readings + Conversation with Everett Quinton, et al.
+ 5:00pm Screening

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

50 years ago in New York City, the Theatre of the Ridiculous movement as a theatrical genre started in in 1965 with The Play-House of the Ridiculous, the spin-off group The Ridiculous Theatrical Company formed in 1967.

The Theatre of the Ridiculous made a break with the dominant trends in theatre of naturalistic acting and realistic settings and brought elements of queer/camp performance to avant-garde theatre. Cross-gender casting was common, scenarios improvised, and players often recruited from non-professional sources, such as drag queens or other “street stars.” In a reference to Martin Esslin’s concept of a theatre of the absurd, in 1965, Ronald Tavel promoted the first “Ridiculous” performances with the one-line manifesto: “We have passed beyond the absurd: our position is absolutely preposterous.”

With original Theatre of the Ridiculous company members Everett Quinton, Beth Dodye Bass, Brian Belovitch, Black-Eyed Susan, Julia Campanelli, Eureka, Jim Freeman, Matt Luceno, Chris Johnson, Lenys Sama, Kevin Scullin, Jenne Vath, and others.

 

Evening Program

6:30pm Excerpted play readings
Big Hotel by Charles Ludlam
Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide by Charles Ludlam
Turds in Hell by Charles Ludlam and Bill Vehr

Afternoon Screening

5:00pm Scenes from the Ridiculous
edited clips from Ridiculous Theatrical Company 60 min

 

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Everett Quinton made his stage debut in  the 1976  RIDICULOUS THEATRICAL COMPANY’S production of Charles Ludlam’s CAPRICE.  After that Everett became a member of the company and over 21 years appeared in about 100 productions including:  BLUEBEARD, CAMILLE, TURDS IN HELL, SALAMMBO, and LOVE’S TANGLED WEB among others.  Everett became Artistic Director of the company in 1987 after Charles Ludlam’s untimely passing. Everett is now a freelance actor and director.  He has appeared with The Penguin Rep, RedBull Theater, Yorick Theater, The Arizona Theater Co., The San Jose Rep, to name a few.

 

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