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Celebrating The Living Theatre with Judith Malina A two-day event featuring screenings, performances, discussions, and more

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Date:
March 23, 2009
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
Judith Malina and Julian Beck Photo Courtesy The Living Theatre

Judith Malina and Julian Beck
Photo Courtesy The Living Theatre

Join us for a two-day celebration of The Living Theatre, including screenings of work, documentaries, panel discussions, staged readings, and more. Invited participants include: Thomas Walker, Alisa Solomon, Carlo Altomare, Patrick Grant, Kenneth Brown, Joan Mackintosh, and Cyndy Rosenthal. The event will culminate in the presentation of the Edwin Booth Award by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association to Judith Malina.

Founded in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina, the German-born student of Erwin Piscator, and Julian Beck, an abstract expressionist painter of the New York School, The Living Theatre has staged nearly a hundred productions performed in eight languages in 28 countries on five continents – a unique body of work that has influenced theater the world over.

During the 1950’s and early 1960’s in New York, The Living Theatre pioneered the unconventional staging of poetic drama – the plays of American writers like Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Paul Goodman, Kenneth Rexroth and John Ashbery, as well as European writers rarely produced in America, including Jean Cocteau, Federico Garica Lorca, Bertolt Brecht and Luigi Pirandello. Best remembered among these productions, which marked the start of the Off-Broadway movement, were Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Tonight We Improvise, Many Loves, The Connection and The Brig.

Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov Photo Courtesy The Living Theatre

Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov
Photo Courtesy The Living Theatre

Following the death of Julian Beck in 1985, cofounder Judith Malina and the company’s new director, veteran Hanon Reznikov, who first encountered The Living Theatre while a student at Yale in 1968, opened a new performing space in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, producing a steady stream of innovative works including The Tablets, I and I and The Zero Method. After the closing of the Third Street space in 1993, the company went on to create Anarchia, Utopia and Capital Changes in other New York City venues.

The Living Theatre has opened a new theatre at 21 Clinton Street, presenting The Brig. They continue also to present NO SIR!, a play for the street against military recruitment.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Screening Excerpts:
(times are approximate)
10:00 Allen Ginsberg at the Living Theatre, 1958
10:15 The Connection, 1959
10:45 LOST LOST LOST, 1975 (dir. Jonas Mekas)
11:00 The Brig, 1963
11:30 scenes from The Brig in Belgium
11:40 Probenarbeit (Rehearsals for Frankenstein, Berlin)
12:15 Frankenstein, 1965
12:45 Mysteries, 1969
1:15 L’Eridita di Meyerhold, 1982 (dir. S. Arcangelo)
1:30 Antigone, 1984
2:00 On Bakunin’s Grave, 1985 (dir. Nam June Paik)
2:30 No, Sir!, 2006
2:45 Eureka!, 2008
3:00 Resist, 2003 (dir. Dirk Szuszies)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Screening:
Paradise Now + Emergency, 1970 + Discussion with Judith Malina

Wednesday, March 25rd, 2009
Proshansky Auditorium

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Screening Excerpts:
Julian Beck in: Edipo Re, 1967 (dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini).
Judith Malina in: Flaming Creatures, 1963; The Queen of Sheba meets the Atom Man, 1963; Dog Day Afternoon, 1975; Radio Days, 1987; Awakenings, 1990;
The Addams Family, 1991; The Sopranos, 2006.

1:30 p.m.
Documentary: Signals Through the Flames, 1984 (dir. Sheldon Rochlin)

3:00 p.m.
Thomas Walker: The Many Lives of The Living Theatre
Featured Panelists: Alisa Solomon, Carlo Altomare, Patrick Grant, Kenneth Brown, Joan MacIntosh, & Cyndy Rosenthal.

4:15 p.m.
Response Panel: David Savran and Marvin Carlson, Moderators

6:30 p.m.
Performance Selections:
Prometheus Suite (with Carlo Altomare)
The Connection (with Brad Burgess + Eno Edet)
The Zero Method + Antigone (with Judith Malina + Thomas Walker)
Eureka (with Patrick Grant).

Tribute to Julian Beck & Hanon Reznikov by Judith Malina

8:00 p.m.
Presentation of The Edwin Booth Award by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association to Judith Malina