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Chaikin, Joseph

Born: 1935 AD
Died: 2003 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors

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.