Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Signals Through the Flames is at once a history and a celebration of the Living Theatre. Founded in the late 1940s by husband-and-wife performers Julian Beck and Judith Malina, the Living Theatre was for many years the predominent American outlet for the avant-garde movement. There were occasional self-imposed exiles to Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, but the group returned full-force during the Aquarius Age to entertain a new generation of theatregoers. Appearing in several of the Living Theatre sketches featured herein is Maxine Harris, who coproduced Signals Through the Flames with Sheldon Rochlin. For more on this remarkable theatrical organization, we refer you to the 1968 taped production Emergency.
avant-garde, behind-the-scenes, controversial, experimental [arts], husband-and-wife, politics, theater-troupe