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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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Making a Connection

Making a Connection

Judith Malina and Jack Gelber 1959

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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Judith Malina (with her husband, Julian Beck) needed a hit to make their Living Theatre a viable avant-garde institution. She had long struggled to establish an avant-garde theater. But its financial fate was shaky, and a hit play was needed. Unknown playwright Jack Gelber’s The Connection fit the bill perfectly. It captured the New Sensibility with its jazz orchestration, depiction of the underside of life (without being critical of drug use), and breaking of boundaries by having actors mingling with the audience. It was a sort of improvisational happening, gritty but also experimental.

Keywords:   Judith Malina, Jack Gelber, Julian Beck, jazz, drugs, experimental, The Connection

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