Following is a listing of plays presented by Judson Poets' Theater from 1961 to 1966. This list is based on files from the Judson archives which are now part of the The Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU.


Productions were generally (but not always) presented over three consecutive weekends. This is our first attempt (in late 2008) at presenting a complete list. We acknowledge that there may be omissions and mistakes. Please help us. If you have additional information please contact assistant@judson.org.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the Village Voice for information about the Obie Awards. In many cases the Obie Award was presented to the Off-Broadway production rather than the original production presented by the Judson Poets’ Theater. They are included here to give an idea of the importance of the work being created and presented.
 

First Performance

Title

Author(s)

Director

Nov. 18, 1961 "The Great American Desert" Joel Oppenheimer Lawrence Kornfeld
Nov. 18, 1961 "Breasts of Tiresias" Guillaume Appollinaire Robert Nichols
music by Jackson MacLow
Jan. 11, 1962 "The Contest" Ursule Molinaro Lawrence Kornfeld
Jan. 11, 1962 "Deep Evil" Howard Hart, music by Charles Creasap
Don Heckman
Jan. 11, 1962 "Second Shepherd's Play" translated by Al Carmines
Robert Nichols
March 3, 1962 "The In Out" Vincent Ferrini, music by Robert Nichols
Charles Adams and
Carmen Moore
  "The Reservation Martin Halpern Ellis Santone
March 3, 1962 "Inroads Rebuff'd or The Disdainful Evacuation" Dick Higgens  
May 8, 1962 "The Life of Man"    
"The Life of Man" was co-produced with The Reverends' Repertoire Co.
May 24, 1962 "The Women at the Tomb" Michel de Ghelderode Ellis Santone
May 24, 1962 "Jourmad" Derek Walcott Lawrence Kornfeld
Aug. 24, 1962 "Vaudeville Skit" George Dennison, Remy Charlip (?)
  Lawrence Kornfeld (?)
music by Al Carmines  
August 24, 1962 "The Executives" C.V.J. Anderson Peter Feldman
Oct. 25, 1962 "The Devil's Mother" Spencer Holst Leonard Hicks
Oct. 25, 1962 "Malcauchon" Derek Walcott Lawrence Kornfeld
Dec. 14, 1962 "The Nativity Plays of the York Mysteries" adapted by Lawrence Kornfeld
George Dennison
Jan. 25, 1963 "Miss Right" Joel Oppenheimer, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
Jan. 25, 1963 "God is My Ram" Andrew Susac Martin Bard
March 21, 1963 "Murder Cake" Dianne Di Prima James Waring
March 21, 1963 "Service for Joseph Axminister" George Dennison Lawrence Kornfeld
April 4, 1963 "Masks of Angels" Notis Peryalis John Chace
June 13, 1963 "The Decapitated Taxi" Robert Nichols Robert Nichols
June 13, 1963 "The Wax Engine" Robert Nichols and Lawrence Kornfeld
Al Carmines
July 26, 1963 "The Birthday" Paul Goodman, Al Carmines
 
music by Al Carmines
July 26, 1963 "Hagar and Ishmael" Paul Goodman Lawrence Kornfeld
Sept. 19, 1963 "What Happened" Gertrude Stein and Lawrence Kornfeld
Al Carmines
Al Carmines and Lawrence Kornfeld both won an Obie Award for "What Happened".
Sept. 19, 1963 "Asphodel, in Hell's Despite" John Weiners, music by John Herbert McDowell designed by Andy Warhol
directed by Jerry Benjamin
Oct. 17, 1963 "Poet's Vaudeville" Diane Di Prima, music by John Herbert McDowell James Waring
Nov. 28, 1963 "Bust of a Lunatic" Donald Kvares Maralyn Chriss and
Al Carmines
Nov. 28, 1963 "Hurrah, It's Lewis Carroll Day" Dan Katzman, music by John Herbert McDowell Lawrence Kornfeld
The first performance of "Bust of Lunatic" and "Hurrah, It's Lewis Carroll Day" was delayed a week because of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Jan. 10, 1964 "Pantagleise" Michel de Ghelderode, music by Al Carmines Larry Loonin
Jan. 10, 1964 "The Old Tune" Robert Pinget,(translated by Samuel Becket), Peter Feldman
 
music by Al Carmines
March 20, 1964 "Home Movies" Rosalyn Drexler, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
March 20, 1964 "The Bitch of Waverly Place" Arthur Sainer, Stephen Aaron
 
music by Paul Knoff
April 22, 1964 "Simeon and Joseph"    
April 22, 1964 "The Judgement"    
July 10, 1964 "Leonce and Lena" Georg Buchner, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Hector Berlioz
July 10, 1964 "Patter for a Soft Shoe Dance" George Dennison, Al Carmines
 
music by Al Carmines
"Patter for a Soft Shoe Dance was co-produced with the Pocket Theater.
Sept. 18, 1964 "The Hundred and First" Kenneth Cameron Larry Loonin
Sept. 18, 1964 "Three Thousand Red Ants" Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Rilke W. Stevens (?) Lawrence Sacharow
Sept. 24, 1964 "For Madeleine Renaud" composite of Ranier Maria Rilke, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickenson, W.A. Moxart, Ralph Humphrey, Aileen Passloff, Lawrence Kornfeld Lawrence Kornfeld
Oct. 30, 1964 "Central Park Bench #33 Flight 20" Cecilia Prada, music by John Herbert McDowell Peter Feldman
Oct. 30, 1964 "The Sightseer" Tom LaBar Al Carmines
Dec. 19, 1964 "Sing Ho for a Bear" R. Sargent and Lawrence Kornfeld
Lawrence Kornfeld,
 
music by Al Carmines
In 1964 Rosalyn Drexler received an Obie Award for Distinguished Plays for "Home Movies".
In 1964 Lawrence Kornfeld won an Obie Award for Distinguished Direction of "What Happened".
In 1964 Judson Poets' Theatre won an Obie Award for Best Production (musical) for "What Happened".
In 1964 Al Carmines won an Obie Award for Best Music for "Home Movies" and "What Happened"
In 1964 Judson Memorial Church received a Special Citation Obie Award for its sponsorship of experiment and experimenters in the performing arts, through the Judson Poets' Theatre and the Judson Dance Theatre.
Feb. 12, 1965 "The String Game" Rochelle Owens, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
songs by Al Carmines
Feb. 12, 1965 "Lesson in Understanding" Bertolt Brecht (translated by Gerhard Nelhaus) George Wljtasik
April 9, 1965 "Promenade" Maria Irene Fornés, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
In 1965 Maria Irene Fornès won an Obie Award for Distinguished Plays for "Promenade" and
"The Successful Life of Three"
April 9, 1965 "Devices" Kenneth H. Brown" Lawrence Kornfeld
May 22, 1965 "Street Plays"    
June 4, 1965 "Harmony" George Dennison, Lawrence Kornfeld
music by Peter Lewis
June 4, 1965 "Nice Place You Got Here" Richard Falcone Al Carmines
June 4, 1965 "Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters" Gertrude Stein, music by Michael Smith
John Herbert McDowell
Summer 1965 "The Sheep and the Cheapskate"    
Summer 1965 "Remember the Thirties"    
The program during the summer of 1965 was co-produced with the El-Dorado Players
Sept. 17, 1965 "Istanboul" Rochelle Owens, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music byTeiji Ito
Sept. 17, 1965 "The Monster" Richard Falcone, Al Carmines
 
music by Al Carmines
Oct. 29, 1965 "Private Potato Patch of Greta Garbo" J. Roy Sullivan, Peter Feldman
 
music by Al Carmines
Oct. 29, 1965 "You're as Old as Your Arteries" Alex Kemeny, Jacques Levy
 
music by Joe Raposo
Dec. 10, 1965 "Play I, Play II, Play III" Gertrude Stein Lawrence Kornfeld
Dec. 10, 1965 "A Beautiful Day" (seven poem plays) Ruth Krauss, Remy Charlip
 
music by Al Carmines
Jan. 21, 1966 "Red Cross" Sam Shepard Jacque Levy
In 1966 Sam Shepard won an Obie for Distinguished Plays for" Chicago," "Icarus's Mother," and "Red Cross"
In 1966 Florence Tarlow won an Obie Award for Distinguished Performances in "Istanbul," "Red Cross," and "A Beautiful Day"
Jan. 21, 1966 "Antigone" Sophocles (translation and adaptation by Theodore Stinchecum
Theodore Stinchecum), music by Alan Stout
March 4, 1966 "Pomegranada" H.M. Koutoukas, Al Carmines
 
music by Al Carmines
March 4, 1966 "After Closing" Roy Martz, music by Lawrence Sacharow
John Herbert McDowell
April 22, 1966 "The Pelican" August Strindberg, (translated by Lawrence Kornfeld
Evert Springhorn)
April 22, 1966 "Hector the Heroic!" Mark Zalk, music by Jacques Levy
Robert Cosmos Savage
"Hector the Heroic!" was presented in cooperation with The Open Theatre
"Judson Revivals" (listed below) were presented as a benefit for Judson Memorial Church.
May 22, 1966 "Patter for a Soft-Shoe Dance" George Dennison, Choreographed by
  Remy Charlip
music by Al Carmines  
May 22, 1966 "The Mind is a Muscle"   Choreographed by
Yvonne Rainer
May 22, 1966 "March & Tambourine Dance"   Choreographed & danced by James Waring
May 22, 1966 "Home Movies" Rosalyn Drexler, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
May 26, 1966 "Promenade" Maria Irene Fornès, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
May 26, 1966 "Morning Raga with Yell Chair to Joyce"   Choreographed & danced by Arlene Rothlein
May 26, 1966 "April and December"   Choreographed by
Remy Charlip, danced by
Aileen Passloff
May 26, 1966 "What Happened" Gertrude Stein, Lawrence Kornfeld
 
music by Al Carmines
June 3, 1966 "Pomegranada" H.M. Koutoukas, Al Carmines
 
music by Al Carmines
June 3, 1966 "Manu and the Fish"   Choreographed by
Sabina Nordof, danced by Aileen Passloff and
Remy Charlip
June 3, 1966 "What's the Big Idea 123"   Choreographed & danced by Katherine Litz
June 3, 1966 "A Beautiful Day" Ruth Krauss, Remy Charlip
 
music by Al Carmines

 

 
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