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Living Theater Revives “The Connection”

The ConnectionThe Living Theater is reviving Jack Gelber’s groundbreaking 1959 play The Connection, a study of drug addicts (some of them jazz musicians) pontificating on their lives and chemical loves. The cast includes saxophonist Rene McLean, whose father Jackie performed in the original version, and will be directed once again by Judith Malina, who will also play the role of Sister Salvation. Performances begin this evening and will continue until February 13th at the Living Theater’s home on 21 Clinton Street in New York City. The Connection was made into a film in 1961; for much more about the music, the movie, and the play, check out the Night Lights program The Connection: the Living Theater and Hardbop Jazz.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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