Conquest of the Universe
  • poster
  • offset-printed
  • color
  • 85 x 44.7 cm.
  • [1] pp.
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  • unsigned and unnumbered

Conquest of the Universe

Charles Ludlam, John Vaccaro, Beverly Grant, René Ricard, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Lassila, Claude Pervis, Ultra Violet, Brown, John Foster, Richard Nusser, Patsy Lamers, Frances Francine, Kevin Buchanan, Lynn Reymer, Robert Bunselmeier, Taylor Mead

Conquest of the Universe


Folded poster published in conjunction with "Conquest of the Universe," a play performed November 15 - 19, [1967]. Written by Charles Ludlam. Directed and with music by John Vaccaro. Guest starring Taylor Mead with additional performances by Beverly Grant, René Ricard, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Lassila, Claude Pervis, Ultra Violet, Brown, John Foster, Richard Nusser, Patsy Lamers, Frances Francine, Kevin Buchanan, Lynn Reymer and Robert Bunselmeier.

The new play at the Bouwerie Lane Theater, is described by its sponsors, the Playhouse of the Ridiculous Repertory Club, as 'a para-moral study of these space-intoxicated times' and 'a supreme comedy of The End.'

All right, jf you. say so, boys and girls. But the first thing an - outsider notices about this avant-camp spectacular is that I it's even bawdier than the group’s last one, 'Gorilla Queen.' Persons who found that 'particular music-drama a bit much even for the modern liberated sensibility should be warned that 'Conquest' is even more so. You don’t have to be a prude not to like it.

On the other hand (take this I as testimony of one prude who didn't like it) the play contains nothing that can’t be found on some of the racier Greek vases of in the darker verse of Jona­than Swift.

At any rate, conventional and unconventional sex is not the only theme of “Conquest” Di­gestion also gets some graphic /attention as does infanticide. There is even a parody of Mary Martin in “Peter Pan.” Can ir­reverence go further?

Triumph of Poor Taste

If it can, the Playhouse of the Ridiculous will doubtless take it there next time out. The group's trademark is its practical and not merely theoretical break with the world of “good taste” - a break one who likes to think of himself as a solid citizen of that world would like to condemn, but cannot in the face of such curiously liberating re­sults.

If Charles Ludlam’s script for 'Conquest of the Universe' sometimes seems merely mind­less, the director, John Vaccaro, and his actors generally make it seem really outré, Which is some trick in the unshockable 1960's. And Mr. Ludlam's script is not without vir­tues of its own, making excel­lent sport of pulpy science fic­tion flicks, bloody Elizabethan melodramas and bad rock 'n' roll as well as Miss Martin.

Prominent in the large cast are several familiar faces from the wonderful world of [Andy] Warhol, notably the ever-exotic On­dine (I’ve come to Venus to see the ka-ween!) and the ever-vicious Mary Woronov ("Seize him! Sterilize him!"). Taylor Mead’s fey version of Miss Martin’s version of "I'm Flying," which he delivers from a playground swing, also is fun as is Patsy Lamers and her red brittle wig.

Technical work is excellent — a tip-off that there is control­ling intelligence behind all this madness. As barbarous and nihilistic as "Conquest of the Universe" looks on stage, there [is clearly discipline behind the scenes. Are they secret tradi­tionalists after all?"
-- "'SUPREME COMEDY' OF THE END OPENS : Conquest of the Universe' Is Bawdy and Irreverent," by Dan Sullivan, The New York Times, November 27, 1967.

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Conquest of the Universe
Condition:  Good. Mailed copy with mailing marks and wear including staple holes and bumped corners. Folded in twelve as issued. Five tears and abrasion to right side edge of recto, .5 to 1.7 cm. Two tears to left side of recto. Loss to lower left fold. Dog ear to top right corner of recto, .8 cm. Multiple areas of soiling on verso with several bleed-throughs, 1.4 to 5 cm. Additional edge wear and light handling wear, otherwise clean and marked. Sent to fellow pop artist.
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