Video Work: Documentation of "Must Be/The Noose" (1974)


This video documents the 1974 La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club production of “Must Be / The Noose”. The production was directed by Philip Shafer and designed by Mike Moran. It is with the Resident Company La Mama Plexus, and depicts two separate works: “Must Be (An Entertainment)”, written by Philip Shafer and performed by Arthur Erickson, and “The Noose (An Essayistic Exercise on Human Adaptability)”, author unknown and performed by John Bottoms. Ellen Stewart welcomes the audience to La MaMa and introduces the play. This video was originally shot using a Portapak camera.

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Recording date: November 7, 1974
1/2 inch open reel, Mp4