DVD Copies: Opening Day at La MaMa (NET Playhouse, 1969)


Discs contain a 1969 episode of NET Playhouse on La MaMa. The main part of the program is a repeat of the earlier episode, "3 From La MaMa" (or "La MaMa Playwrights"), which presented Jean-Claude van Itallie's Pavane, Sam Shepard's Fourteen Hundred Thousand, and Paul Foster's The Recluse in special telvision stagings for television by Tom O'Horgan and Don Hallock. The added material is documentation shot by NET of the April 2, 1969 opening of La MaMa's theater at 74A East 4th Street, and interviews on that day with Ellen Stewart, Paul Foster, and Jean-Claude van Itallie. Stewart discusses the history of La MaMa, and the specific challenges still ahead on that day, between shooting the interview and hopefully opening a show that evening.

Date created: 1969
Memorex and HP DVD-Rs
2 DVD-R copies
1 program
2 hours(running time)
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Copyright filing #V3444D927 shows that the rights to the 1966/67 episode underlying this episode were transferred to Broadway Theatre Archive, Inc. in 1999. The rights to this version, and to distribute all of the underlying elements (performances, dialogue, etc.) are not clear to me. - MHG