The cast and crew (minus Judith Malina) from the Living Theatre’s production, “Here We Are,” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. It was the last performance that will be held at 21 Clinton Street and the end of a 60-plus year career for Ms. Malina.
We stopped in for a fun, yet bittersweet, event — full of tributes, performances and an “end of the road” party with the Living Theatre last night. John Clancy (founder of The Present Company that created the NY International Fringe Festival) read from his one man show. Penny Arcade performed. There was a special screening of Love and Politics, the documentary about co-founder/living legend Judith Malina. And then we were treated to a special midnight encore performance of “Here We Are,” the group’s last show on Clinton Street and Ms. Malina’s last show before going in to retirement.
As we reported earlier in the month, the legendary Living Theatre is in the middle of its last production at 21 Clinton Street, the company’s home for the past six years. What will happen to the space after the show closes in February? There were some clues last week when Community Board 3’s liquor license agenda came out, and now a few more details have surfaced.
According to documents posted online, Stephen Michael Rondel and Tyler Maganzini are hoping to open a new performance venue in this location named the “C.O.W. Theatre.” There will be improv performances, repertory theater, one man shows and children’s theater. The team is asking for a wine and beer license for the concession area in the basement. Rondel is the founder and executive director of the New Acting Company, which offers classes to both kids and adults and stages professional productions. Maganzini runs the Black Mountain Winehouse and the Union Grounds bar, both in Brooklyn. We’ll hear more about their plans Monday, Feb. 11 when CB3’s SLA Committee meets.
Meanwhile the Living Theatre hopes to stay in the neighborhood. We should have news about their future plans soon. But the current production, “Here We Are,” is your last opportunity to see 86-year old Judith Malina’s groundbreaking theater company in action on Clinton Street.
86 year old Judith Malina and the Living Theatre will be moving out of their home on Clinton Street next month, but not before putting on one last show for us. Their latest production, Here We Are opens tonight and will run through February. It promises to stay true to the spirit of non-violent, anarchist/experimental theater they have been producing for over sixty years.
In the show, the international (and multi-generational) company “visits the Anarchist collectives of France, Spain and The Ukraine for the 19th and 20th centuries, and finds (them)selves transported to an immersive and participatory underground outdoor/indoor crossroads of our present moment. The ensemble and the audience work together to manufacture and perform the potential creative possibilities for a post revolutionary world of beauty and non violence.”
A Poster from the 1973 Production
The Living Theatre is presenting a rare revival of one of their most significant pieces, Seven Meditations On Political Sado-Masochism, which has not been performed since it’s debut in 1973. Seven Meditations was written after co-founder Judith Malina and members of the company were imprisoned–and some tortured–by the Médici dictatorship in Brazil in that same year. Described as “a visceral examination of the social contract between the governed and the government,” the play explores Sacher-Masoch’s Six Houses of Bondage: Love, Money, Property, State, War and Death, with a seventh meditation on Revolutionary Change. Associate Director Brad Burgess tells us the show has been updated to address the political prisoners and victims of the current revolutions. The show is being presented by the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage which is at The Living Theatre all month. Directed by living legend, Judith Malina. The show contains nudity and a simulated torture scene. Every Tues. and Wed. at 10:30pm during March // Pay What You Can at the door // 21 Clinton Street.
The Living Theatre is honoring the spirit of the Egyptian Revolution by live-streaming their final performances of KORACH – a play about “the first recorded anarchist in history.” The piece was written and directed by living legend Judith Malina, a pioneer in experimental and political theater
KORACH follows the history of anarchists who have been wiped out because they frightened the government. Inspired by the Books of Moses, the Jewish Mishnas, and also the Psalms, KORACH begins with the Israelites’ trek through the desert and eventual uprising against Moses, lead by Korach and his tribe.
Experimental theater company Neo-Futurists (creators of the long-running “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes“) are bringing a new show to the Living Theatre for a four-week limited engagement. Presenting what is billed as their “Fall 2010 horror show and fear experiment,” the show will examine the concept, causes and consequences of fear. Attempting to summon a different guest spirit each performance, from such deceased masters of horror as Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, M.R. James, the New York Neo-Futurists call upon the forces of chance and change to present a different show every night. Oct. 14th – Nov.6th // $18.00, $12 Student rush // 21 Clinton Street.
On the way to swim class.
On a recent warm summer morning, a Love A Lot Preschool class headed out on a field trip to Seahorse Fitness for their weekly swimming lesson. The class of four and five-year-olds suited up in their home base at 21 Clinton Street and and excitedly trooped down Rivington Street to Masaryk Towers. During the summer the youngsters have swimming lessons on Thursdays and a weekly soccer game on Tuesdays.
The Clinton Street cafe features good coffee, sandwiches, a full bar and (of course) exemplary chocolate and chocolate desserts. Cocoa Bar has wi-fi and is almost never crowded.
21 Clinton Street, near Stanton
Hours: Mon-Thu: 7am-12am; Fri: 7am-1am; Sat: 8am-1am; Sun: 8am-12am