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Masquers: The Mystery of Irma Vep


When:September 25th-27th; 7:30 p.m.
September 28th; 3 p.m.
Where:Jenkins Hall Theater
Admission:$12 regular reserved admission; discounts available; Armstrong free w/PirateCard

About this event:

The Armstrong Masquers student theatre troupe continues its Fall theatre season with The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful.

Charles Ludlam’s comic parody of Gothic melodramas introduces the audience to a sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened, all who make this a comedy that has everything… but you. Obtain your tickets to this fast-paced spoof before they’re all gone..

The play focuses on Lord Edgar and his new wife Lady Enid in the large Mandacrest estate. Housekeeper, Jane, and grounds keeper, Nicodemus, seem devoted to the former lady of the house who met her demise under mysterious circumstances. Lady Enid is determined to get to the bottom of everything, including possible werewolves, ghosts, and vampires.

An Obie award-winning satire written in 1984, The Mystery Of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful was once the most widely produced play in the United States. Its farcical romp of Hitchcock mystery and use of quick costume changes made it an instant crowd pleaser. Audiences in the 1980s and 90s delighted in Ludlam’s comedic brilliance and wit, as well as his mastery of the art of the quick change. He often made appearances in his own productions – even in female roles. In The Mystery Of Irma Vep, all of Ludlam’s characters are played by only two actors, a touch of heightened comedic frenzy instigated by the playwright’s instructions requiring each actor to play both male and female roles.

Travis Hornsby, Armstrong alumnus and director of this Masquers production, chose Ludlam’s script for its vast entertainment. “Making its staged debut here in Savannah was something that was very important to me,” remarked Hornsby. “It’s a fun show and totally employs my eclectic type of humor. I had the opportunity to direct Cactus Flower back in 2012 and found my niche: Farce. The absurd and downright silly nature of farce is entertaining and strangely captivating.

All performances are at Armstrong's Jenkins Hall Theater

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Please be seated by 7:15 p.m.

Sunday's matinée performance begin at 3 p.m. Please be seated by 2:45 p.m.

Regular reserved-seating admission: Only $12. No refunds or exchanges.

Discounts available to military, seniors, alumni association members, and students/children.
Armstrong students, faculty and staff admitted free of charge with valid PirateCard.
One free ticket per valid Armstrong PirateCard. Call for info and for tickets.

FREEDOM FRIDAYS: U.S. Military and dependents receive a 50% discount.
Call for Freedom Fridays discount. One discounted ticket per military I.D.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the Jenkins Hall Box Office during the hour prior to each performance.

Call 912.344.2801 from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays, for information.

Connect Savannah is the print sponsor of the Armstrong Theatre program.

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