Artists' Theatre: Four Plays

Artists' Theatre: Four Plays

Artists' Theatre: Four Plays

Artists' Theatre: Four Plays

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Between 1953 and 1956, the Artists' Theatre existed (and that is literally the word) as an off- Broadway group presenting plays by creative writers who were primarily poets and serious thinkers. During these three years, we produced some sixteen original plays. The group received little publicity and, by comparison with other off-Broadway works, the plays themselves obtained scant critical notice. This in spite of the fact that the Artists' Theatre represented one of those few and far between enterprises aimed at a merger of writers, painters, and composers whose work had already received, or was just beginning to receive, respectful attention from those interested in what still must be called, however hackneyed the terms, "highbrow" or "avant garde."

With the exception of the Poets' Theatre of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York's The Living Theatre, our group was virtually alone in presenting new plays which had been written with no eye on the box office and no desire to flatter a vast public.

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