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Born in Brooklyn in 1950, Hanon studied biophysics at Yale University before going into theatre. He joined the Living Theatre in 1977 and became its co-director after Beck’s death in 1985, writing and directing many productions including Utopia, a “celebration of … the wished-for world;” Capital Changes, a critique of six centuries of capitalism; and the antiwar theater piece, Resistance. Hanon had helped the Living Theater remain a vital force in experimental and political theater locally, and worldwide, since its founding in 1947. He had been with the company for half of its 60 years until his passing in 2008.

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