Analysis Of Jack Gelber's The Connection

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Jack Gelber’s The Connection was written in 1959 and first produced by the Living Theatre, directed by Living Theatre’s co founder-Judith Malina and designed by co-founder Julian Beck. According to Bradford Martin, in his article “ The Living Theatre: Paradise and Politics in the Streets,” the company is “one of the world’s leading experimental theatre companies” based in New York City. Emerging in the late 40s and early 50s, The Living Theatre adapted “anarchist and pacifist ideologies” that they represented through their appeal to the intertwining of “free the theatre” and “free the street” (cultural life starring as “the theatre” and political life, public life as “the street” ) as a means for “aesthetic activism and social change.” Their ultimate goal is society’s personal freedom of “sexuality”, drug “experimentation”, and freedom from state control. Gelber’s The Connection, adopted similar anarchist themes and motifs, and marks a breaking point in The Living Theatre as it combines “formal experiments with its political and social vision.” In addition to the adaption of The Living Theatre’s ideologies, Gelber adapts to greater aspects of anarchism. Through his theatrical devices, such as monologues and high realism, Gelber alludes to aspects of anarchy as described in George Woodcock’s article “What is Anarchism”: the hope for “justice and equality” in a society where “exploitation” and “oppression” are placed upon the workers by the privileged state and

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