[New York]: Publisher Not Stated, 1985. First Edition, First Printing. Single sheet folded to create  pages, measuring 8 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 212 x 140 mm) when folded. Printed on heavy paper stock, with ragged edges to the cover and second page. Program for a memorial tribute to Julian Beck, cofounder of the Living Theatre, one of America's premier experimental theatre groups. The event took place on November 25, 1985, at the Joyce Theater in New York. It featured film segments, photographic slides, and tributes by numerous artists and writers, including John Cage, Jackson Mac Low, Larry Rivers, John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Koch, and Abbie Hoffman. Beck's wife, Judith Malina, also spoke; she cofounded the Living Theatre with Beck in 1947. Beck (1925-1985) won numerous awards for his theatre work. Late in life, he acted in films, including Francis Ford Coppola's "Cotton Club," and left behind a body of nonfiction and poetry. His 1972 book, "The Life of the Theater," featured essays on theatre and politics. (See The New York Times obituary of September 17, 1985, section B, page 6.) OCLC First Search shows no institutional holdings of this program, although a separate search locates one at New York University. (Yale holds an invitation to the event.) Nor were there any copies in commerce as of October 1, 2019. A rare piece of Living Theatre ephemera honoring cofounder Julian Beck. Wonderful cover depicting Orphée, drawn for the Living Theatre by Jean Cocteau. RARE. Item #2079
CONDITION: Slight soiling to final page. Near Fine.