Emergency (1968)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Drama, Theater  |   Run Time - 29 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The husband-and-wife acting team of Julian Beck and Judith Malina heads the cast of the "theatre on film" presentation Emergency. The film consists of three short playlets conceived and performed by the Living Theatre Group, created by Beck and Malina in 1947. The best description of what follows is "performance art", even though that particular phrase was not in common usage in 1968. The trio of avant-garde plays consists of "Frankenstein", "Paradise Now" and "Mysteries." Emergency represented the Living Theatre's return to the US after a self-imposed, four-year exile in Europe.



actor, avant-garde, performance-art, theater-troupe