Judith Malina was nothing if not a rebel. Jon Kalish recalls how the Living Theater founder lived her edgy life on the stage — right up till the end.
Judith Malina, an iconoclastic actor and theater world activist who founded the Living Theater on the Lower East Side, has reportedly died at 88.
Judith Malina is one of many Jewish show-biz types at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home. Even at 86, the avant garde queen still commands the stage of life.
Judith Malina will not go gentle into that good night. The fiery 86-year-old director of the Living Theatre is losing both her apartment and the Lower East Side home of the world renowned theater troupe she co-founded 66 years ago. Later this week Malina will move into an elder care facility in New Jersey, but she’s vowing to commute into Manhattan a few times a week and work with the company that has championed her unapologetic anarchist-utopian vision.
Avant-garde actress and director Judith Malina is still a wild child at 86. But the daughter of a rabbi was deeply influenced by Yiddishkeit, as detailed in her new memoir.