Werewolves and an Egyptian Princess are among the characters who will soon take to the stage at Theatre Northwest. These characters, and many more, are featured in Charles Ludlam’s Gothic comedy, “The Mystery of Irma Vep”.
The play will be performed in Tamarack Hall on the campus of Indiana University Northwest on November 15, 16, and 17, 2002. Victorian “penny dreadfuls”, which were cheap novels combining elements such as horror, monsters, vampires and family secrets with sublime language and images, were the inspiration for the comedy. Ludlam’s play employs a wide spectrum of theatrical devices ranging from quick changes to special effects in this fast-paced ridiculous comedy. Founder of The Ridiculous Theatre, Ludlam starred in the play during its first off-Broadway engagement. The New York Times and Time Magazine cited the play as one of the best of the season during its 1984 debut. The Theatre Northwest production opens with a performance on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. with repeat performances at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 and 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 17. All tickets are $7.00. Advance reservations can be made by calling 219-980-6808.
Theatre Northwest is situated on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Tamarack Hall and is conveniently located one block South of the Broadway Exit of I 80/94 (Borman Expressway). Ample free parking is available.
Celebrating its 41st year, Theatre Northwest began with a troupe of five local actors that appeared in the comedy, "Bell, Book and Candle". Their effort launched locally produced plays that would eventually evolve into a Bachelor of Arts degree at program at IU Northwest in 1974. Since that time, Theatre Northwest's entire season has been produced exclusively by campus students and faculty with an open-casting policy offered to the community.
Jerry R. Taylor, associate professor of theatre and chairperson of IU Northwest's performing arts program has been with the department for over 19 years and serves as director of most of the seasonal productions. He has directed and/or designed nearly 250 college/university productions, and has also acted in numerous roles. A graduate of Ball State University and West Virginia State College, Taylor was the recipient of the Gulf-Life Insurance Grant to study theatre in England, and also received the Kennedy Center Festival Award of Merit for his direction of the 1997 Theatre Northwest production, All My Sons.