The Ventriloquist's Wife

Name Address From To
Village Gate/ Downstairs 158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10003
02/09/1978 04/02/1978
One Sheridan Square 1 Sheridan Square
New York, NY 10014
05/25/1978 12/30/1978
Production Information
Opening date: February 9, 1978
Closing date: December 30, 1978
Production Description
A threecharacter thriller written and directed by Charles Ludlam (the Theater of the Ridiculous man), who also is one of its stars. The play is about an actor who buys a wooden dummy and is soon thrall to it. It is an unusual dummy, one that covets the actor's wife, and Mr, Ludlam's manipulation turns him into what one reviewer called “a marvelously animated actor.”
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Ridiculous Theatrical Company Producer
Charles Ludlam Artistic Director
Charles Ludlam Playwright
Charles Ludlam Conceiver
Steven Burdick Costume Designer
Tom Claypool Costume Designer
Richard Currie Lighting Designer
Alan Eichler Press Representative
Robert Furhman Stage Manager

Actor Role
Walter Ego The Dummy
Charles Ludlam The Ventriloquist
Black-Eyed Susan His Wife
Ludlam’s The Ventrilquist’s Wife was originally developed as a cabaret show at Reno Sweeney in December 26, 1977.

The Ventriloquist's Wife played in repertory with other plays by Charles Ludlam: STAGE BLOOD, CAMILLE, BLUEBEARD, CORN and UTOPIA. At the time this production played the theatre was known as One Sheridan Square.

It opened off-Broadway at the Village Gate on Feb. 9, 1978 and had an extended run through April 2, 1978, playing 48 performances.