The Living Theatre at Ground Zero – July 1 and 4

(above: The Brig cast protest in Times Square)

“Join us to demonstrate our refusal to be complicit in this unjust war.

Two free street theatre performances of THE BRIG

Ground Zero: Church Street (at entrance to PATH train)

Sunday July 1 4pm

Wednesday July 4 2pm

Dear friends,
The Living Theatre has a long history of political street theatre: from the slums of Brazil (where the company was imprisoned for 2 months) to the steel factories in Pittsburg our political theater work against violence in all its forms continues with plays like Not In My Name (1994) against the death penalty and more recently No Sir! which we play in front of the Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square.
We also have chosen to open our new theatre here on Clinton Street (LES) with the revival of The Brig: a play written by a Marine in the late fifties and presented by the Living in 1963. It not only won many awards but Howard Taubman and other critics called for a congressional investigation which led to policy changes in the treatment of Marines in their own brigs. It has again received an Obie as well a many incredible reviews, many writing about its pertinence to today’s war climate and specifically about Guantanamo and Abu Grav.
But this is not enough! Not enough to simply work for a paying public. Thus in these last weeks we have been presenting The Brig in the street: in Union Square and also Columbus Circle. Now we are going to Ground Zero where this new cycle of violence and war has started.
I don’t have to tell you guys about the worsening situation in Iraq, or Afghanistan. Our banners say: Support the troops AND Stop the war. If in your busy schedules you would like to collaborate with us we would be more than happy. We could do a benefit performance here on Clinton Street for your group but, to the point, we invite you to join us at Ground Zero for two showings of The Brig.

We are inviting lots of friends and reaching out to other groups. We believe also that some press will be there, and some “friends” from the other side.
See you there!

Gary Brackett
The Living Theatre

The Living Theatre
212 792 8050

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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