On Monday, March 24, Columbia's Arts Uptown program will present a reading of Charles Ludlam's "Conquest of the Universe," by Salt Theater. Written in 1967, "Conquest of the Universe" is Ludlam's second play, a retelling of Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine" combined with references to Shakespeare's tragedies, including "Macbeth" and "Titus Andronicus" and H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds."
"Conquest" is an example of Ludlam's fascination with epic theater -- ranging from science fiction to epic tragedy to anti-war protests.
Salt Theater is led by founder and artistic director Emma Griffin. The company made its debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed production of Rinne Groff's "Inky" and is the recipient of a 2002/2003 Obie Grant. Griffin has directed for New York companies such as Inverse Theater ("The Death of Griffin Hunter," "The American Revolution), New Georges (The Dawn Powell Festival), and Target Margin ("This Can't Go On," The Indian Princess").
Now in its second year, Arts Uptown provides small theatres space for one-night performances to cultivate new work and develop new audiences from the Columbia community. Arts Uptown also serves as a liaison to the Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York to promote student discount ticket programs and arts internship opportunities for Columbia students.
The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, on the 5th floor of Alfred Lerner Hall. Reservations can be made by calling 212-854-4902. The event is free and seating is limited.