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Living Theatre records

Title
Living Theatre records, 1945-1991.
Author
Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
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Vol/DateFormatAccessStatusCall NumberLocation
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 19Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 19Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 20Mixed materialRestricted useAvailable*T-Mss 1988-005 Box 20Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

Details

Description
22.5 lf. (63 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Posters.
  • Scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Advance notice may be required. Contracts and payroll records (Boxes 20-21) may be viewed only with permission of the curator. Materials in Box 53 are restricted, patrons must use service copies in Box 52.
Source (note)
  • Judith Malina
  • Judith Malina
  • Erica Bilder/Living Theatre
  • Erica Bilder/Living Theatre
  • Judith Malina
Biography (note)
  • The Living Theatre was founded by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in 1947.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
  • Cataloged
  • Accessioned
  • Accessioned
  • Accessioned
Call Number
*T-Mss 1988-005
Author
Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Title
Living Theatre records, 1945-1991.
Access
Collection is open to the public. Advance notice may be required. Contracts and payroll records (Boxes 20-21) may be viewed only with permission of the curator. Materials in Box 53 are restricted, patrons must use service copies in Box 52.
Summary
The Living Theatre Records consist of correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, production files, notebooks and calendars, scripts, programs, photographs, promotional materials, clippings and oversized files relating to its evolution, management and history. The collection documents in detail the legal, financial, and day-to-day operations of The Living Theatre from its earliest performances, through its period of exile in Europe and work in Brazil, to its contemporary performances at the permanent theater in New York City.
Biography
The Living Theatre was founded by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in 1947. Their avant-garde plays were performed in New York theaters until 1963 when they were shut down by the IRS for failing to pay taxes. Living Theatre then launched a workd-wide tour and settled in Berlin in 1965. The company toured the United States in 1968 and returned to Europe in 1969. In 1970 Living Theatre toured Brazil, performing in street plays, developing the cycle of plays titled THE LEGACY OF CAIN. While in Brazil its members were arrested for drug possession and jailed. The charges were eventually dropped due to strong protests from the world artistic community. After leaving Brazil, Living Theatre performed in the inner city of Pittsburgh. In 1975 they returned to Europe and continued bringing plays to the streets. Julian Beck returned with the Living Theatre to the United States before his death in 1985 and performed a repertory of four works. This included THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SLEEP, ANTIGONE, THE YELLOW METHUSELAH and THE ONE AND THE MANY. In May 1989 the Living Theatre came back to New York where it has its present home.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1988-005
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