You’ll never see the Living Theatre do a Disney adaptation, that’s for sure. The company, which was founded in 1947 by Judith Malina and her husband, Julian Beck, has staged almost 100 works by literary outsiders like Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Bertolt Brecht and served as an alternative to commercial theater. In those 60 years, the company has never been able to hold onto a space; now located on the Lower East Side amid high-end condos and low-income projects, the theater stages social and political commentary that’s as relevant today as it ever was. Meanwhile, they’ve got to pay those LES-size rents. Tonight, several generations of artists and activists—including Debbie Harry, Nellie McKay, Austin Pendleton, the cast members of Passing Strange, and MC Murray Hill—unite for Revolutionary Acts: A Benefit for the Living Theatre. Join them in honoring Malina, 81, who will be attending, and the subversive art to which she’s devoted her life.
Mon., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., 2008