· [New York]
This is the => original prospectus/program for the inaugural season of The Living Theatre, an effort of Judith Malina and Julian Beck: It was probably the first experimental theater collaborative in the United States, and => this pamphlet presents a varied and veritable "who's who" of those involved in the exercise: The initial season's performances took place in the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.
The fore-matter offerings here are: "On Picasso's Desire and T.S. Eliot's Sweeney Agonistes" by J[udith?] M[alina?]; "Reply" by William Carlos Williams; and "In response to a request for a manifesto on music, 1952" by John Cage.
The first year's program announces these productions: Gertrude Stein's "Ladies' Voices," Pablo Picasso's "Desire," T.S. Eliot's "Sweeney Agonistes," Kenneth Rexroth's "Beyond the Mountains," and Paul Goodman's "Faustina."
Also present are a few advertisements, and lists of "Who's Who in the Casts," the staff, and the directors and sponsors of the theater. => The image on the front wrapper is a reproduction of a sketch by Picasso of the design for his famous sculpture "Man with a Lamb."
Curiously, this group of avant garde artists apparently did not feel sufficient solidarity with the working man to have the program printed at a union shop. In fact, it has the feel and look of an "in house" production.
WorldCat finds only => five copies. Printed on cheap brown paper and saddle stitched; upper inner corners of wrappers (only) chipped. => A very good copy. (Inventory #: 36241)