re Open Theater/Chaikin

CATARCHIVE (CATARCHIVE@aol.com)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 16:34:15 EDT

Excellent Open Theater performance and commentary material is available from
us, although we do not have the bio of Chaikin or the piece titled "Serpent."
Detailed info below. Thank you,.
Creative Arts Television

JOSEPH CHAIKIN AND THE OPEN THEATER
The Open Theater group in "Nightwalk", its last performance piece before
disbanding.

"Nightwalk" is a collective theater work, the creation of writers Jean-Claude
van Itallie, Sam Shepard, Megan Terry, and Open Theater director Joseph
Chaikin, as well as the actors.

It is a montage of surreal situations that examine the human condition in
worlds both real and fantastic, presenting exaggerations of human pretensions.
Human and birdlike creatures weave in and out. The "plot" is a journey,
liberated from conventional thought. 1974, color, 55 mins.

THE OPEN THEATER: "TERMINAL"
Performance of several experimental theater pieces by the Open Theater
Ensemble.

The Open Theater group prides itself on developing theater as a collaborative
effort. The pieces grouped here are portions of the ensemble's 1971 off-
Broadway production "Terminal", written by Susan Yankowitz, and directed by
Joseph Chaikin and Roberta Sklar.
The cast is the original New York company.

"Terminal" holds an unflinching mirror up to contemporary values and theater
conventions. The metaphor through which this is focused is the "terminal"
experience: dying, death and afterdeath. 1971, color, 27 mins.