"65 years ago, Julian Beck and I found the Living Theatre, and it continues to do play after play. The Living Theatre is a company of actors who want to bring about the Beautiful Non-Violent Anarchist Revolution. We wanted to find a theatre that would grow with history and in history.
That is why we called it The L I V I N G Theatre, because we wanted it to change with time. People say 'Yeah—the world is in lousy shape, and there are wars and horrors going on all the time. But what am I gonna do? Who am I? What can I do?'
And to give people the sense that there is something they can do, that they are empowered.
That begins in the theatre."
To call into question
who we are to each other in the social environment
of the theatre,
to undo the knots that lead to misery,
to spread ourselves
across the public's table
like platters at a banquet,
to set ourselves in motion
like a vortex that pulls the spectator
to fire the body's secret engines,
to pass through the prism
and come out a rainbow,
to insist that what happens in the jails matters,
to cry "Not in my name!"
at the hour of execution,
to move from the theater to the street
and from the street to the theater.
This is what The Living Theatre does today.
It is what it has always done.