Ron Vawter papers 1963-1994
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The Wooster Group was formed in the mid-1970s by members of the Performance Group, a New York-based theatrical troupe devoted to experimental work. The Performance Group was founded by Richard Schechner in 1967 and counted among its members Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte. After Schechner left in 1975, LeCompte became director of the company, which was renamed for its space's location, 33 Wooster Street. The Wooster Group became known for avant garde "deconstructions" of such familiar texts...
Ron Vawter (1948-1994) was a seminal figure in New York's downtown experimental theater scene from the 1970s until his death. Born in Latham, N.Y., Ron Vawter was raised in a military family. In the mid-1960s during the Vietnam War Vawter joined the Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. For a time he aspired to become a military chaplain, spending years in a seminary studying to join the Franciscan order before becoming disillusioned, although he continued his ...
Jack Smith (November 14, 1932 – September 25, 1989) was an American filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema. He is known for his involvement in American performance art, and has been critically recognized for his photography, though his photographic works are rare and remain largely unknown....