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Coming THIS SUMMER to VisArt Video:

Thursday, Aug. 22nd @ 8pm

Friday, Aug. 23rd @ 8pm

Sunday, Aug. 25th @ 2pm

Thursday, Aug. 29th @ 8pm

Friday, Aug. 30th @ 8pm​

Saturday, Aug. 31st @8pm

Sunday, Sept. 1st @ 8pm

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The Show

Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian princess make for an exciting start to married life for Lady Enid, Lord Edgar’s second wife. Set in mystical Gothic England, audiences will die laughing at this melodramatic farce – a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles.

The Venue

All performances will take place in the intimate screening room located in the back of the legendary VisArt Video. A landmark of Charlotte's East Side, Charlotte's only surviving video store is conveniently located near Plaza-Midwood and many preshow dinning options in the Eastway Crossing shopping center.

Content Warning

*Recommended for ages 13 and older. Contains adult humor.

About the Playwright

Charles Ludlam, born in 1943 on Long Island, was a prominent fixture of New York’s cultural scene in 1960’s, 1970’s, and early 1980’s. Ludlam founded Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1967 where he wrote, directed, and starred in numerous plays including Bluebeard (1970), Camille (1973), and The Artificial Jungle (1986).

His most successful play was The Mystery of Irma Vep which ran in Greenwich Village from 1984 - 1986 starring Ludlam and his partner Everett Quinton. For that original production Ludlam and Quinton were awarded a special Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Ensemble Performance. The show went on to become the most produced play in the US in 1991 and has had many notable revivals since.

Ludlam’s work attracted the attention of cultural luminaries such as Warhol, Sontag, Nureyev, Fran Lebowitz, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Avedon and Philip Roth, and he influenced many artists, including Charles Busch, Tony Kushner, and Bette Midler. Ludlam passed away in 1987 at the age of 44 just one month after being diagnosed with AIDS. His passing was commemorated with a front page obituary in the New York Times.

We honor his irreverent brilliance and love of literature and old Hollywood, his mix of the profane and the divine into joyful silliness.

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