Celebrating the Life and Work of Herbert Blau (1926 - 2013)

OCT 16, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


October 16, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM





Join us for an afternoon of screenings and an evening presentation and discussion honoring the late director, scholar, and theorist Herbert Blau, one of the American theatre’s most original and influential thinkers. Co-founder of the legendary San Francisco Actor’s Workshop (1952-65), Blau introduced American audiences to the playwrights of the European avant-garde, including Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter. Under Blau’s influence, the Actor’s Workshop attracted a younger generation of ground-breaking theatre artists as well. R.G. Davis, founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, was a Workshop member, as were Lee Breuer and Ruth Maleczech, who co-founded the Mabou Mines.

Among Blau’s many achievements were the American premiere of Brecht’s Mother Courage, his world-famous production of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at San Quentin Prison, San Francisco, and the re-imagining of the classics like Shakespeare’s King Lear, among others.

Afternoon Session:
Screenings of recent interviews with Herbert Blau discussing his theater work, including his theories, rehearsal processes, and productions.
Evening Session:
Brief presentation on Blau’s work, followed by a panel discussion. Invited guests include Joe Roach, Jackson Phippen, Denise Koch, Chris Fisher, Ruth Malezcech, and Bonnie Marranca.