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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Charles Ludlam wrote several essays on the theater, some of which are collected in Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly: The Essays and Opinions of Charles Ludlam (1992), edited by Steven Samuels. In 1976 he was commissioned to write the book for Isle of the Hermaphrodites: Or, The Murdered Minion, but this musical about Catherine de Médicis and the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre never made it to Broadway. In 1977 he wrote “Aphrodisiamania,” a scenario for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and in 1980 he wrote a short opera, The Production of Mysteries (with resident composer Peter Golub) for the Santa Fe Opera.