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Looks like they were coming out of court. They got arrested at least once for getting nekkid in an event at their "Living Theater", avant garde theatre in the Village. Julian took pacifism a little too far. Though it caused him great psychic pain he once allowed Judith to be beaten and raped without moving violently to defend her. It was the supreme test of his faith. Oh, come on already! Late in life, after Judith's death (from natural causes), he did a movie or two. "Poltergeist II" was one of them. He was pretty good, actually.
I wondered when this photo was taken. I had been personally acquainted with the Becks, They had worked with my father when they performed a Brecht play my father translated. I last saw them when they returned to the U.S. in 1969, where they performed two of their plays in Boulder, CO.
There is far too little meat on that right calf...
Beck actually preceded his wife in death. In fact, I believe she's still with us, having acted as recently as 2006 (Sopranos).
Judith Malina is alive. Her second husband Hannon died just a couple years ago tragically young. The Living Theatre has a new space in NYC and the work goes on. In the summer they go to Italy and perform there.
This was taken in 1964, when they were both hauled in by the City of New York on a bogus tax-related charge. It was one of many harassment pinches they had to endure, but on this one they actually ended up doing a marginal stretch as guests of the county.Malina's leg trouble stemmed from an unrelated Living Theater accident.
I saw three of their productions in the early 60's, and man, they were intense, particularly Jack Gelber's The Connection and The Brig. The theater was on 14th street and 6th if I remember correctly, but was shut down in 63 by the I.R.S.
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