By Theodore Shank (auth.)
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All that is necessary, according to Beck, is 'an atmosphere in wh ich the individual is free to create ... to draw upon his own resourees'. The Living Theatre eommunity intended to promote this sense of freedom. They tended to avoid institutionalized relationships within the eompany and to praetise sexual freedom. Although Beek and Malina were married, they eame to believe that the institution of marriage was an extension of the eoneept of 35 American Alternative Theatre ownership, loved one as property, which produced jealousy when domination was threatened.
S. tour Malina and Beck became aware for the first time of the American revolutionary movement, and it was instrumental in their dicision to stop performing plays tor middle-cIass audiences in theatres and begin performing in the streets with people whom they considered the slaves of the privileged. Their American tour had attracted large audiences, much larger than had come to their own theatres in New York. They had become accepted at least as a novelty, but they came to doubt their effectiveness.
So they went to Ouro Preto, an aluminium mining town of 40,000, with the intention of staying about eight months. At first they taught physical exercises and yoga in the schools. One of the schools asked them to help make a Mothers' Day play and they seized the opportunity. They asked the eighty children ranging in age from seven to fourteen to write down a story or dream about their mothers. The stories were sifted and codified according to conte nt and then dramatized in terms of the same six aspects of the world which had been used earlier except that they substituted 'Time' for 'Death'.