Red Bull Theater Will Present 30th Anniversary Production of Mystery of Irma Vep Starring Arnie Burton and Robert Sella

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25 Feb 2014

Arnie Burton
Arnie Burton
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Red Bull Theater will present Charles Ludlam's two-man satirical play The Mystery of Irma Vep in celebration of the production's 30th anniversary.

Starring Arnie Burton and Robert Sella, who both play numerous characters, and directed by Everett Quinton, previews begin April 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theater, prior to an official opening April 17. Performances continue through May 11.

Here's how the production is billed: "A true American classic of theatrical language and transformation, careening outrageously through Shakespeare, Victorian melodrama, Poe and Hitchcock. With just two actors engaged in a high style quick-change act, this hilariously horrifying drama marks the return of the Ridiculous to the West Village — replete with werewolves, vampires and mummies. After his first wife, Irma, meets her unfortunate demise on the mysterious moors, Egyptologist Lord Edgar takes Lady Enid as his second wife, much to the dismay of his protective maid, Jane, and his leering swineherd, Nicodemus. But when Lady Enid suffers a similarly supernatural attack, life at Mandacrest Estate quickly becomes a gripping whodunit (or whatdunit) where nothing is remotely what it seems."

Burton has performed onstage in Machinal, The 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Free Man of Color and Amadeus. His TV work includes "Blue Bloods," "Frasier" and "Law & Order," and his film work includes "The Invention of Lying," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "Igby Goes Down."

Sella has performed in My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sideman. His film credits include "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Astronaut's Wife."



The Mystery of Irma Vep will feature scenic design by John Arnone, costume design by Ramona Ponce, lighting design by Peter West and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting redbulltheater.com.