By Theodore Shank (auth.)
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Joseph Campbell talked about death in mythology, and the performers themselves collected ideas and improvised on their dreams and on specific characters. Susan Yankowitz, who was responsible for the text, joined the workshop at a later stage to observe, to help focus ideas, and to create original material which would elucidate the themes. 40 Primary Explorations 12. The Serpent, photo: Open Theatre Terminal was first performed in Europe, touring to France, Switzerland and West Germany. When they returned to the United States there were serious frictions within the group.
Davis of the San Francisco Mime Troupe) in that they arrived at a site unexpectedly, performed illegally, and could get away quickly. In some of their productions the performers and spectators occupied the same space and there were several simultaneous focuses, important characteristics of Environmental Theatre which have been explored in greatest depth by Richard Schechner, the founder of the Performance Group. The Living Theatre have been influenced by Meyerhold, Piscator, Artaud, and Brecht, but there has also been a reciprocal influence with some of their contemporaries - especially Grotowski and his Polish Laboratory Theatre, Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater, Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre.
The group met every day for the two or three weeks prior to performance when Chaikin helped with some of the staging. The finished work was a collage of transformations unified by the theme of war and a loose chronological structure dealing with young men who are inducted into the army, trained, sent to Vietnam to fight, and are killed. The sixteen actors in the production change character frequently and sometimes are inanimate objects or simply themselves. The continuity is that of the presence of the performers rather than of specific characters.
American Alternative Theatre by Theodore Shank (auth.)