A page turns. One of the great pioneering American counter-cultural icons, Judith Malina (co-founder with her late husband Julian Beck) of the groundbreaking revolutionary theatre troupe, The Living Theatre died this past Friday, (at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, where she had been living, in assisted living, these past few years). She died following complications from lung disease. She was eighty-eight.
Internationally respected and revered, without a doubt, many more appreciations will follow.
Here’s a brief biographical portrait (an excerpt from a longer profile) from Steve Zehentner on The Lower East Side Biography Project
Here‘s a 2010 interview with Harold Channer
For The Allen Ginsberg Project note on Julian Beck see here.
Not only profoundly important as an actor and director (and activist above all else), Malina gained significant profile in later years as a bit-player in commercial films, a movie-star! This obit headline wasn’t probably one she expected, but “such is the nature of “fame””!
The occasion of the publication of her Piscator Notebook in 2012 was gloriously celebrated by the New School in New York and the whole occasion (well worth watching – including, among other things a riveting reading by Malina) can be seen here
We should also note the singularly engrossing Diaries 1947-1957 (from 1983, published by Grove Press)
and here‘s Judith Malina from the previous year: