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The Living Theater Performance

Year: 1969, 28 mins
Code: CAT-Liv

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Conversation with Judith Malina, Julian Beck. The Living Theater Company performs two segments from their "Mysteries and Smaller Pieces": "The Brig Dollar" and "The Plague." The excerpts are introduced by founder-directors Julian Beck and Judith Malina, who discuss the goals of the work and the ideas of their group with arts critic Jack Kroll. The Living Theater was a well-known repertory company in the late 40s and through the 60s. For a time it had its own theater in New York City. Their work was radical, experimental, and confrontational, long before those characteristics were at all common or accepted by the theater public.

Julian Beck was an American actor, director, poet, and painter. He is best known for co-founding and directing The Living Theatre, as well as his role as Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Judith Malina was a German-born American theater and film actress, writer and director. With her husband, Julian Beck, Malina co-founded The Living Theatre, a radical political theatre troupe that rose to prominence in New York City and Paris during the 1950s and 60s.

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