Biblical Anarchist Takes Living Theatre Stage in Judith Malina's Korach

News   Biblical Anarchist Takes Living Theatre Stage in Judith Malina's Korach History's first anarchist will re-appear onstage in Korach, a new production from The Living Theatre written and directed by the theatre's founder and current artistic director, Judith Malina.

Performances begin Dec. 8 with an official opening set for Dec. 16. Performances will continue through Feb. 28, 2011.

The cast of 30 will feature Tom Walker as Moses, Carlo Altomare, Jerry Goralnick and Sheila Dabney as Moses' Ethiopian wife.

The company will create original music and choreography for the production; Steve Taylor will also compose music.

Korach is described in the Bible as the leader of a rebellion against Moses during the Israelites' 40-year journey through the desert following gaining freedom from slavery in Egypt. The play integrates live action and film and also takes a look at twentieth and twenty-first century anarchists, including those from 1930s Spain and 1920s Russia.

The Living Theatre is known for its bold exploration of theatrical forms, including audience participation and examination of socio-political themes. Malina and her late co-founder Julian Beck's productions with the theatre include The Connection, The Brig, Frankenstein, Antigone, Paradise Now, Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism, I and I and Resistenza. Malina has written the plays Paradise Now, Mysteries and Smaller Pieces and The Legacy of Cain; collections of her diaries including "The Diaries of Judith Malina 1947-1957" and "The Enormous Despair"; and two books of poetry, "Poems of a Wandering Jewess" and "Love and Politics." Malina has also acted in films including "Dog Day Afternoon," "China Girl," "The Addams Family," "Household Saints," "Enemies: A Love Story," "The Deli," and "Nothing Ever Happens"; and television series including "ER," "Miami Vice," "The Street" and "The Sopranos."

The Living Theatre is located at 21 Clinton Street. Tickets are $20 ($15 student/senior/military) with Wednesday performances offering "Pay What You Can." For tickets call (212) 352-0255 or visit livingtheatre.org.

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