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Chaikin, Joseph

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Born: 1935 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors

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1935 - Born in New York City on the 16th of September.

         - He briefly attended Drake University in Iowa, and then went on to work with The Living Theatre before founding The Open Theater an experimental theatre co-operative that progressed from being a closed laboratory to performing devised work to an audience.

1970 - They performed Endgame by Samuel Beckett, with Chaikin playing the role of Hamm, at the Grasslands Penitentiary, a fulfillment of his desire to experiment with audiences who would be fundamentally different to the ones they were playing for.

1971 - They performed Terminal by Susan Yankovitz in many maximum and minimum security prisons on the East Coast of the USA and Canada.

1972 - His book, "The Presence of The Actor"

         - He then formed a company called The Winter Project, whose members included Ronnie Gilbert and Will Patton.

1984 - A stroke suffered during open-heart surgery left Chaikin with partial aphasia.

1996 - They were commissioned to write When The World Was Green for the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

2003 - Died in New York City on the 2nd of June.


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