Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1971. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's blue cloth, spine stamped in white, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Life, revolution, and theatre are words for the same thing: an unconditional NO to the present society" (Julian Beck). Photo documentary monograph on Judith Malina and Julian Beck’s radical theater collective. Founded in 1947, the still active performance company was among the first in the US to stage pieces by European avant-garde greats such as Bertolt Brecht and Jean Cocteau. As Beck and Malina became increasingly involved with countercultural living and values, the company became accordingly dedicated to social experimentation and political activism. The couple’s political and theatrical development is palpable in this volume, which chronicles their earliest attempts to integrate anarchist-pacifist beliefs into their staged performances. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white plates, many full-bleed, of photos and drawings; with text and poetry by various Living Theatre members; introduction by performance theorist and director Richard Schechner. Boards slightly bowed; light creasing to spine-ends of faintly toned unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #3045