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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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A New Year: Judith Malina

(p.17) Prelude
Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Judith Malina, an actress and theater director, yearns to have a creative outlet, to smash through the dullness of the culture of the moment. Along with her partner Julian Beck, she will, after much struggle, found the Living Theatre, a space for experimental plays to be performed. But on New Year’s day 1952, she is searching for answers after an embarrassment onstage. In John Cage’s piece Music of Changes, she will find inspiration. Through the Living Theatre, well into the 1960s, Malina and Beck will use the stage for offbeat performances and to trumpet liberation.

Keywords:   Judith Malina, John Cage, Julian Beck, the Living Theatre, Music of Changes

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