American Theater of the 1960s

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Conclusion, Outlook, and Reminiscences

IN ITS FALL 1977 ISSUE,1 the Performing Arts Journal asked those who started in Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s and who are now leading theater personnel (playwrights, directors, and critics) in Greenwich Village -- still a center of alternative innovations -- if they perceived a definite decline between the sixties and the seventies.

Director Lawrence Kornfeld thinks the decade of the seventies was a period of artistic retrospection preceded by a most unusual audience reaction during the sixties. The playwrights Terry and Shepard say that present audiences are a genetic product of the sixties. Shepard -- together with critic Stanley Kaufmann -- also talks about a post-Vietnam period. Kaufmann states that it is still the monistic theatrical doctrines that are the most dangerous; he thinks everything that is rebelliously good must have its due place, from naturalism to Grotowski. Kostelanetz, eclectic artist and occasional critic, also believes in the organic continuity of arts.


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