Category Archives: Street theater

Off-Off-Broadway, as Elegy

Ben Martin’s 1961 Caffe Cino “Nothing exists in a vacuum. A tenet of Hegelian and Marxist dialectics as much as quantum physics, each thing that exists is born in specific reaction to other existing entities. Nuclear reactions, political revolutions, and … Continue reading

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Thinking About the Sixties by Richard Goldstein

“The ’60s was was a decade without nostalgia, and thus a decade without irony. It’s only natural, then, that the current wave of nostalgia for the ’60s is suffused with irony — for we are looking back to a time … Continue reading

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The Digger Concept of ‘Free’ by Peter Coyote

Diggers Free City News proclaiming the “Death of Hippy” on October 6, 1967 “The original Digger movement began in England in April of 1649. Oliver ‘Ironsides’ Cromwell, executioner of King Charles I, was now the protector of the empire. Cromwell … Continue reading

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Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts (1962-1965)

“In February of 1962 I was sitting in Stanley’s Bar at 12th and B with some friends from the Catholic Worker. We’d just seen Jonas Mekas’s movie Guns of the Trees, and I announced I was going to publish a … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Deafman Glance – Robert Wilson (1971)

“When Robert Wilson’s work  first appeared internationally it was generally seen from a single and limited viewpoint—as a return to the image. Wilson was understood as a proponent of two-dimensional theater, of theater to be looked at only. This was … Continue reading

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Paradise Now: The Living Theatre in Amerika, ’67-’68

“In 1968 The Living Theatre, an anarcho-communalist troupe led by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, returned to America from years of self-imposed exile in Europe with what would become their best-known production: ‘Paradise Now,’ a post-Artaud play that sought to … Continue reading

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Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019)

Eye Body # 24 from Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions for Camera 1963 “Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019) was an American visual experimental artist, known for her multi-media works on the body, narrative, sexuality and gender. … Continue reading

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The Poetry Project’s Half-Century of Dissent

“February 10, 1971, on a Wednesday night in the East Village, a full moon glowed in the wintry sky over St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. Inside, a group of New York’s most cutting-edge scene-makers gathered at the Poetry Project to hear … Continue reading

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Debunking ’60s Myths and Catchphrases

Crossing street at Masonic and Haight, 1967. “… The system not only referred to capitalism or to economics. The system represented the constellation of forces that dominated and controlled all aspects of social life from sexual mores to the oppression … Continue reading

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