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April 21, 2006

Photos: Charles Ludlam, left; Charles Busch, right

Series Tickets Go On Sale April 24 For Summer Camp: Iowa Summer Rep 2006

Tickets go on sale April 24 for Summer Camp: Iowa Summer Rep 2006, featuring the campy comedies of Charles Ludlam, founder of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, and his leading successor, Charles Busch.

Series subscriptions and individual tickets will be available on-line at

Summer Rep subscriptions may also be purchased by mail or fax from the Summer Camp brochure, which will soon be received by everyone who regularly receives mailings from the Department of Theatre Arts. Brochures may be requested by calling 319-335-2700 or emailing

Beginning May 8, both series subscriptions and individual Summer Rep tickets may be purchased by phone or in person, from the Hancher Auditorium box office. Series orders received before that date will be processed first, providing the best seating for Summer Rep subscribers.

The Summer Camp productions will be Ludlam's "The Mystery of Irma Vep" (June 22 through July 9) and "The Artificial Jungle," (June 29 through July 23) and Busch's Broadway hit "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" (July 13-22), and a reading of Busch's "Red Scare on Sunset" (July 23) will also be presented.

Ludlam transformed the ridiculous into high art. He emerged in the 1960s to break all stage and social conventions with his signature extravagant mix of camp, pop culture, literary and movie parody, gender-bending and cross-dressing.

After Ludlam's death in 1987, the banner of ridiculous theater was taken up by Busch, who wrote and starred in his own theater pieces, broke into Broadway and is now a rising movie star.

Summer Rep is the professional Actors Equity company of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Series packages for Summer Camp are $55, $43 for senior citizens, and $25 for UI students and youth. Individual tickets for the productions are $23, $18 for senior citizens, and $10 for UI students and youth. All tickets for the reading are $5. Group rates are also available.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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