Living Theatre to Inaugurate New Home With The Brig

News   Living Theatre to Inaugurate New Home With The Brig The legendary company The Living Theatre will inaugurate a new permanent 100-seat home on the Lower East Side with a production of Kenneth H. Brown's The Brig, running March 15-June 3.

The company — founded in the 1950s by the late Julian Beck and his wife Judith Malina, who remains the company's artistic director — was housing the world premiere of The Brig in its 14th Street space in 1963 when it was famously evicted for failing to pay taxes.

Two days after the eviction, actors broke into the space to put up a benefit performance of the play. The tax charges were dismissed, but because of the break-in, Malina and Beck served jail time for contempt of court.

The Brig won Obie Awards for Best Production (Play), Best Direction for Malina and Best Design for Beck. The play is about the brutality of military prisons, and Brown drew from his own experience as a prisoner during the Korean War.

Malina again directs this production, with a cast that includes Johnson Anthony, Lewis Williams, Keshav Baggan, Gene Ardor, Antwan Ward, Jade Rothman, Satya Bhabha, Brad Burgess, Morteza Tavakoli, Albert Lamont, John Kohan, Jeff Nash, Bradford Rosenbloom, Brent Bradley and Joshua Roberts.

The new Living Theatre space is in a new building at 19-21 Clinton Street. The official opening for The Brig is March 29. Tickets are $30, though Thursdays are "Pay What You Can" night. For more information visit www.livingtheatre.org.

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