Renowned Theatre Troupe Living Theatre to Present the Eckler Lecture

June 05, 2017

Eckler lectureALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host Living Theatre for four days at the end of October when they will present “A Day in the Life,” the University’s Eckler Lecture for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Living Theatre will be at the University of Mount Union working with students from October 26 – October 29 and will present the lecture in Gallaher Theatre on Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m.

For most of its history Living Theatre was led by its founders, actress Judith Malina and painter/poet Julian Beck; after Beck’s death in 1985, company member Hanon Reznikov became co-director with Malina. After Malina’s death in 2015, her responsibilities were taken over by the anarchist company. The Living Theatre and its founders were the subject of the 1983 documentary Signals Through The Flames. From its inception, The Living Theatre was dedicated to transforming the organization of power within society from a competitive, hierarchical structure to cooperative and communal expression. The troupe attempts to do so by counteracting complacency in the audience through direct spectacle. They oppose the commercial orientation of Broadway productions and have contributed to the off-Broadway theater movement in New York City, staging poetic dramas.

For this year’s Eckler lecture the Theatre Department is happy to announce a residency by the Living Theatre Workshop.  The Living Theatre is an American theatre company founded in 1947 and based in New York City. It is the oldest experimental theatre group in the United States. 

Co-Founders of the Workshop attached to the company, Lois Kagan Mingus and Jerry Goralnick will be in residence on the Mount Union campus from October 26th through the 29th. The workshop leaders will be working with interested Mount Union students to create a performance piece entitled A Day in the Life of the City that will be performed on October 29th in the Gallaher Black Box Theatre.

The Mary W. and Eric. A. Eckler Endowment in Literature and Drama was established in 1981 through an endowment given by Mr. John A. and Mrs. Dorothy (Nelson ’29) Cummins in appreciation of the many years of service to the community and Mount Union by the Ecklers. Dr. Eric A. and Mrs. Mary Eckler were long-time faculty members in the Department of Education at the institution.

For more information, email Darnell Tucker at or call the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063. 

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