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American Theater Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)

Overview
Works: 40 works in 40 publications in 1 language and 40 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Interviews 
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Most widely held works by American Theater Laboratory (New York, N.Y.)
Jackie's testimony with tea ceremony( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Members of the American Theater Laboratory rehearse an excerpt from the scene called Jackie's testimony, from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy describes the assassination of President Kennedy to the Warren Commission. In this version, the performers recite the script in unison while acting out the Japanese tea ceremony in pantomime (without props)
Jackie's testimony : Dealy diamond ritual( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission
Dealy memorial with robes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. The sound quality is poor
Interview : Frey and Preston( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Leonard Frey and James Preston perform an exercise in which one states a fact about himself and the other gives the same information about himself and adds another piece of information. Jerome Robbins directs the exercise and poses questions. Frey and Preston give information about their physical characteristics, family background, schooling, occupations, places of residence, illnesses, religion and relationship with parents. Robbins directs a second exercise in which Frey and Preston discuss a hypothetical situation of starting a business together. Sound and picture are poor quality
State of the Union message( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first thirty minutes of President Johnson's 1968 State of the Union message; the remainder of the speech is cut off. Titles on the screen identify some audience members
Trio ritual with eclipse music( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. Frey and Martin perform Jackie's choreography in unison. This version of the scene is accompanied by Japanese music. Picture quality is poor at the beginning of the tape
Jackie's testimony : eclipse with masks( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. This version of the scene, called Realistic, is performed in a set with living-room furniture, without masks or Noh staging. The scene lasts approximately 20 minutes. The remainder of the tape contains a wordless, improvisational (semi-choreographed) exercise called Eclipse, set to Japanese-style flute and percussion music. Jerome Robbins, who directed all sessions of the American Theater Laboratory, appears at the end of the tape in conversation with the actors
Dealy ritual( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission
Worlds : sunset (Malcolm X)( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Members of the American Theater Laboratory perform an improvisational dance exercise to music consisting of the Beatles albums Sgt. Pepper and Magical mystery tour played simultaneously, with additional live percussion. Afterwards they perform another exercise with props, set to Japanese-style flute and percussion music. The actors appear to be reading from pieces of paper, but the voices are difficult to hear. Jerome Robbins directs the session
Ritual : work through( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. The scene is staged in the style of a Noh play. There are many interruptions and repetitions. Jerome Robbins appears on camera giving directions and discussing the scene with the actors. He also performs a brief excerpt in the role of Rankin. Picture quality is poor
Trio ritual with music( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission
Work in progress : first reading( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a reading of an untitled work in progress about the Kennedy assassination. Robbins (mostly off-camera) reads the stage-directions. The scenes alternate between enactment of the assassination and the Warren Commission, and discussion of conspiracy theories and the aftereffects of the assassination. The actors wear masks and switch parts from scene to scene. Part of the tape, beginning after about ten minutes and ending after about 25 minutes, is without sound
Trio as litany( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. The rehearsal is followed by discussion. The recording is cut off abruptly
Questionnaire discussion( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Barry Primus, Leonard Frey and James Preston, all members of the American Theater Laboratory, answer questions (read by Robbins from a questionnaire) about their family backgrounds, previous occupations, places of residence, awards, diseases, income, feelings about their profession and about financial issues relating to their profession. The sound is poor and voices are hard to hear at the beginning of the tape. For the remainder of this session, see *MGZIA 4-6272
Basic tea ceremony( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Teachers give lessons in the Japanese tea ceremony to members of the American Theater Laboratory. The tape begins with a demonstration of the basic tea ceremony, with one of the teachers as host and Jerome Robbins as guest. Afterwards Robbins talks to the teachers about details of the ceremony. Two lessons in the ceremony follow, the first with Erin Martin as host and Leonard Frey as guest, the second with Barbara Monte as host. The students are taught how to enter, prepare and serve tea, wash utensils and exit. The picture quality is poor in some parts of the tape
Jackie's testimony : realistic( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Two rehearsals of a scene from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. A note on the label describes this version of the scene: "In this Jackie's subtext - a whitewash is going on; Rankin's looking for a flaw". Both sound and picture quality are poor
Space and movemement exercise( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Members of the American Theater Laboratory perform an improvisational movement exercise. For this exercise two areas of the room are marked off by masking tape on the floor; they correspond to a diagram accompanying the tape, in which one area is labelled "observers" and the other "space." The participants begin the exercise sitting on chairs in one area, then cross into the other and perform improvised movements before returning to their seats. There is no dialogue on the tape
Trio( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal of a scene nicknamed Trio, from an untitled work in progress, in which the character of Jacqueline Kennedy gives testimony about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy before the Warren Commission. Jackie is played by Leonard Frey, wearing a mask and veil. A run-through of the scene is followed by discussion with Robbins and other members of the American Theater Laboratory. The scene is rehearsed again with interruptions. The picture is very poor quality
[Puppet exercises( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Members of the American Theater Laboratory perform a series of improvisational exercises in which one actor plays the part of a puppet and another the master controlling the puppet. The first exercise, repeated three times, enacts a confessional. The second exercise enacts the viewing of a dead body. Jerome Robbins leads discussion of the exercises. The picture quality is very poor
[Leonard Frey and James Preston]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jerome Robbins leads Leonard Frey and James Preston in a discussion of a hypothetical situation of starting a business together. They decide on a business in which they would rent themselves out as party guests. A series of improvisational exercises follow, in which Frey and Preston portray guests at a party, one a black Muslim and the other a member of the John Birch Society. The main subject of the exercises is racism. Robbins also participates in these exercises, playing the role of another party guest. In some of the exercises Frey and Preston take turns with one acting as a puppet controlled by the other. Picture quality is very poor
 
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