The Regional Alternative Theater
IT IS NOT THE VAST regional centers (like Guthrie, Arena Stage, and SF, ACT) that I want to deal with here. An almost complete map of regional theatrical culture of the American 1960 s is offered by Julius Novick in his Beyond Broadway.1 As the "flying reporter" of Village Voice, he has surveyed the major developments in theater. He seems to have been everywhere where a drum was being banged. Washington and Philadelphia, the South and Southwest, the Pacific Coast, Minneapolis and the Midwest, New England and New York all get a chapter in his book, not to mention his attention to nonresident professional theaters, university theaters, summer festivals, and poor people's theaters (most markedly The Free Southern Theater).
I was fortunate to be in close contact with three theater companies -- Minneapolis Playwrights' Laboratory, Provisional Theatre, L.A., and San Francisco Mime Troupe -- observing performances and their rehearsals, practices, exercises, and everyday life. The Playwrights' Laboratory -- during my stay there -- was chiefly occu
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Publication information: Book title: American Theater of the 1960s. Contributors: Zoltán Szilassy - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 86.
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