Living Theatre

Living Theatre
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21 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002

The Living Theatre was 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. The Living Theatre’s Mission:

To call into question
who we are to each other in the social environment of the theater,
to undo the knots
that lead to misery,
to spread ourselves
across the public’s table
like platters at a banquet,
to set ourselves in motion
like a vortex that pulls the
spectator into action,
to fire the body’s secret engines,
to pass through the prism
and come out a rainbow,
to insist that what happens in the jails matters,
to cry “Not in my name!”
at the hour of execution,
to move from the theater to the street and from the street to the
theater.
This is what The Living Theatre does today.

It is what it has always done

– Julian Beck