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The Living Theater The Living Theater is a theatrical company that took a different road than those of traditional theaters Lead by Julian Beck and Judith Malina the Living Theater smashed the barriers between art and politics This far left-wing company was ready for a new theater a theater that was out to change the state of things performing plays that were not being done and doing them in new untried waysGottfried 95 American theater of the past was made up of complete right-wingers Right wing plays right-wing directors and right-wing theatergoers In the 1940s left wingers started stepping into the theater challenging the traditional right wing theater Although the number of left wing plays was no more than a few dots on a page of thousands of dots those few gave the left wing plays a pulse beat leading them into the theater of tomorrow The left wing turned away from realistic plays that search for and provide answers to social problems or questions Instead it seeks the what is the point the where am-I going and the what is my identityGottfried 57 They think of theater as an art not a business Because it is looked at as an art there are not limits to the content no right or wrong Boundaries were erased Julian Beck a far left winger looked at life through art and saw life itself as unrealistic In 1946 Julian Beck and his partner Judith Malina found the Living Theater Located in New York the Living Theater performed poetic dramas and plays by dramatists of the avant-garde 463-464 Performing new and controversial plays of their own the Living Theater took their theme of the world as prison to the theaters of the United States Europe and Brazil In the 1950s the Living Theater started following the theories of Antonin Artaud Artaud called for a theatre in which the actors are like victims burning at the stake
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