The Mystery of Irma Vep

by Charles Ludlam |
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III

Classic horror, B-movie mysteries and wild farce get tossed into a blender in this feverish, supernatural sprint. On a dark and stormy night, the howls of a werewolf echo across the moors, a newly revived mummy stirs in its sarcophagus and a mysterious portrait holds the key to an ancient family curse. Two actors bring this diabolical tale to life, with the help of a few dozen costume changes and a lot of wigs.

Running time: Two hours, 15 minutes. Performed with one intermission.

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Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz and Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell and Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz and Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz and Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell and Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell and Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Esteban Andres Cruz and Tommy Everett Russell. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

Cast & Creative Staff

CAST:

  • Esteban Andres Cruz (Lord Edgar and Others)
  • Tommy Everett Russell (Lady Enid and Others)

CREATIVE STAFF:

  • Director: Nelson T. Eusebio III
  • Scenic Designer: Michael Locher
  • Costume Designer: Sara Ryung Clement
  • Lighting Designer: Marie Yokoyama
  • Sound Designer: Sharath Patel
  • Dramaturg: Finn Lafevre
  • Voice and Dialogue Coach: Joanna Battles
  • Fight Choreographer: Erik Kuhn
  • Casting By: Pat McCorkle and Katja Zarolinski, McCorkle Casting Ltd.
  • Associate Scenic Designer: Sean Fanning
  • Assistant Director: Alexis Cabrera
  • Stage Manager: Emilee Buchheit
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Lorraine Fiore
  • Production Assistant: Gabby Galvan

Enhance Your Experience

• Read our Irma Vep Play Guide for details on the show's characters, plot and Charles Ludlam's Theatre of the Ridiculous.

• For educators and students: check out our Irma Vep Study Guide for useful background articles and suggested activities for pre- and post-show lessons.

• View suggested materials from St. Louis County Library, including books and movies to enhance your viewing of the show!

• Join one of our Irma Vep Saint Louis Art Museum tours, featuring a mixture of wild and remote landscapes, mummies and fashionistas on view in the permanent collection. Tours begin at 2 p.m. February 15, 22 and 23. More details here.

Age Recommendations

The Mystery of Irma Vep is recommended for general audiences. The show contains brief moments of bawdy humor, suggested offstage violence and classic supernatural characters which may be frightening to our youngest audience members.