October 31, 1973
Charles Ludlam’s The Ridiculous Theatrical Company performed Bluebeard (1970), their avant-garde adaptation of H. G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), funded by the Dickinson-Kayden fund. Reviewing the original production in The New York Times, drama critic Mel Gussow said, “Led by Ludlam, a truly terrible actor like Mario Montez (as Lamia the Leopard Woman) seems exactly right and the good actors seem perfect. I particularly like Black-Eyed Susan as Sybil (she merits some sort of citation for the self-confidence with which in the last scene she wears that third genital) and John Brockmeyer as the Karloffian servant Sheemish.”
Mildred Bernstein Kayden ’42 established the fund in 1966 in honor of the late Professor of Music George Sherman Dickinson.