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Living Theatre ephemera collection


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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The Living Theatre was founded in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina and Julian Beck. The Living Theatre has staged nearly a hundred productions performed in eight languages in 28 countries on five continents.

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 Cocteau, Lorca, Brecht and Pirandello.

Today the Living Theatre has a home at 21 Clinton Street, which is the company's first permanent home since the closing of The Living Theatre on Third Street at Avenue C in 1993. "History." The Living Theatre. (accessed May 20, 2008).

A collection of twenty-two ephemeral documents, such as photographs, flyers, posters, announcements, stationery, and programs, detail performances, readings, recitals and other events sponsored by the Living Theater of New York City during the 1950s and 1960s.

Announcements and posters for appearances by David Tudor, "Wagner Poets" (Malanga, Lima, Ceravolo), William Masselos, Spencer Holst and others are included. A photograph of Richard Wagner is inscribed by him to "Jo-Ann." The second photograph is a group shot of a wedding party.

The collection is arranged chronologically with undated material following.

Box 55, F0827: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, August 2006.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2008. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2008 June 27
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Living Theatre ephemera collection, 1953-1968.
Box 55 Folder F0827

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