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The Living Theatre (19 Clinton St.), the oldest experimental theatre group still exisiting in the country, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of THE CONNECTION by playwright Jack Gelber with a new production directed by Judith Malina. The Living Theatre will present the 50th anniversary revival of THE CONNECTION in collaboration with New York City jazz musician Rene McLean, who will conduct a New York jazz ensemble. The Production will begin performances on December 30, 2008 and will continue until Feburary 13, 2009. Judith Malina directs.

The groundbreaking production of The Connection (1959) attracted national attention for its shocking portrayal of drug addiction and its equally unexpected language. It was an enormous success for its improvisational style of acting and its exciting use of live jazz musicians including Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd (who composed the original score), Cecil Payne, Kenny Drew, Tina Brooks and Cecil Taylor. Martin Sheen, a Living Theatre supporter and board member, launched his career with his work in the play. The show won several Obies and ran for more than 700 performances. Its raw immediacy and demolition of the normal boundaries between audience and cast influenced generations of theatre productions and it is our desire to reintroduce this seminal work to a new generation of actors and jazz musicians and of course our audience.


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Dancing In The Garden  | Open: 08/12/11 Close: 08/25/11
 

FESTIVAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Michael
Walker’s DANCING IN THE GARDEN, directed by Bruce Ward as part of the 15th annual New York
International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC, August 12th-28th. The production will take place at The
Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St. (Between Houston and Stanton).
 
Maria is having a crisis of faith. As a child, her life was a beautiful garden – and her garden had loving
Italian-American parents, a doting family priest, the security of an embracing church and a rigid-
but-comfortable Catholic upbringing. It isn’t until she is a sophomore at St. Patrick’s High and she
kisses Susan Blakeman behind the curtains in the music room, that her life begins to unravel. As she
discovers the impossibility of reconciling her sexuality with her religion, she learns her garden has
strict rules and the exhilaration of dancing is not allowed. Even knowing she is incapable of changing
who she is, she refuses to abandon her faith and she is paralyzed. Maria guides the audience back
through her journey as a lesbian Catholic in hopes that if they share a similar pain, they may also
discover a path as she has, to tremendous joy.
 
Becky J. Doster is the Stage Manager.
 
Tickets are $15-$18 and will be available at www.FringeNYC.org or by calling 866-468-7619. Tickets
may also be purchased in-person at Fringe Central or at the theatre 30 minutes prior to show time.
 
Performance Schedule
Friday, August 12, 9pm
Sunday, August 14, 2pm
Wednesday, August 17, 5:45pm
Sunday, August 21, 7pm
Thursday, August 25, 4:30pm
 
The Living Theatre – Fringe Venue #6
21 Clinton St.
Between Houston and Stanton
 
Running Time: 120 minutes
 
Website: www.walkerplays.com and fringeNYC.org
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Eureka!  | Open: 10/01/08 Close: 11/09/08
Published in 1847, the "Prose Poem," as Poe called it, lays out with astonishing forethought what has since come to be called the Big Bang Theory. The Living Theatre has adapted Poe's text to a theatrical form, which will provide the audience with an awareness of participating actively in the creation of the universe and realize the parallel between the development of the elements of the cosmos and our own human development.

Eureka! was conceived and written by Hanon Reznikov when he read Poe's text - but he did not live to finish the task. Judith Malina, his collaborator and the director of the play completed the script.

The purpose of the play is to provide the audience with a sense of empowerment. By participating in the creation of the known universe we communicate the possibility of creating a more harmonious social structure. 'Eureka!' joins nearly one hundred Living Theatre productions created since 1951, all of which seek to expand our knowledge of the universe.

The cast of Eureka! features Anthony Sisco as Edgar Allan Poe, Silas Inches as Alexander von Humboldt, Gene Ardor, Yasemin Ozumerzifon, Eric Olson, Maia Larraz, Erin Downhour, Kennedy Yanko, Enoch Wu, Katherine Nook, Isaac Scranton, Eitan Brigantonelli, and you the audience.

The Assistant Director is Brad Burgess. Set & Lighting Designer is Gary Brackett, Technical Direction is by Evan True. Choreography is by Gene Ardor.

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Here We Are  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 02/23/13
 

Writer and Director: Judith Malina

Assistant Director: Nathan Shreeve

The Living Theatre Ensemble:

Leah Bachar, Sarah Braenne, Soraya Broukhim, Brad Burgess, Jay Dobkin, Eno Edet, Leonie Ettinger, John Paul Harkins, Thaddeus Harvey, Jen Emma Hertel, Dennis Yueh Yeh Li, K'Sandra Nova, Mary Round, Tom Walker, Fabian Zarta

Music Composition: David Personne

Set Design: Nicholas Benacerraf

Light Design: Simon Harding

Associate Artistic Directors: Tom Walker and Brad Burgess

Artistic Associates: Eric Olson, Albert Lamont, Soraya Broukhim

Executive Producer: Brad Burgess

Associate Producer: Perf Productions

 

Opens Jan. 10th, runs through Feb 23rd, weds-sat 8p.  Weds Pay What You Can, Thurs-Sat. $20 tix, $15 student/senior.

 

Tix: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/465


About the Company: The Living Theatre

The Living Theatre (19 Clinton St.), the oldest experimental theatre group still exisiting in the country, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of THE CONNECTION by playwright Jack Gelber with a new production directed by Judith Malina. The Living Theatre will present the 50th anniversary revival of THE CONNECTION in collaboration with New York City jazz musician Rene McLean, who will conduct a New York jazz ensemble. The Production will begin performances on December 30, 2008 and will continue until Feburary 13, 2009. Judith Malina directs.

The groundbreaking production of The Connection (1959) attracted national attention for its shocking portrayal of drug addiction and its equally unexpected language. It was an enormous success for its improvisational style of acting and its exciting use of live jazz musicians including Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd (who composed the original score), Cecil Payne, Kenny Drew, Tina Brooks and Cecil Taylor. Martin Sheen, a Living Theatre supporter and board member, launched his career with his work in the play. The show won several Obies and ran for more than 700 performances. Its raw immediacy and demolition of the normal boundaries between audience and cast influenced generations of theatre productions and it is our desire to reintroduce this seminal work to a new generation of actors and jazz musicians and of course our audience.

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Maudie & Jane  | Open: 12/05/07 Close: 02/03/08
Inspired by Doris Lessing's novel, The Diary of Jane Somers, The Living Theatre presents the encounter of two women of different ages and different classes, an elderly, poor woman living in squalor, and a middle-aged fashion editor near the top of her career ...

Judith Malina is the willful, self-possessed crone Maudie, declaring her independence at every turn and Pat Russell is Jane, in crisis despite herself and her success, and finding in Maudie the possibility of other levels of communication that transform her life.

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The Connection  | Open: 12/30/08 Close: 02/13/09
 The Connection is a play about the human condition. The audience encounters a group of junkies and a group of jazz musicians waiting in a loft for "Cowboy" to bring them a fix, while they are being filmed for a movie about their lives. It is the entrance to a complex world, which mirrors many aspects of the human condition from the burning despair of the addict to the glorious redemption of the jazz music.

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