Hard Lessons


Judith Malina, an extraordinary theatre artist, died this past week. I met her a few times, briefly, when I was a member of a theater company that rehearsed and performed in the theater space she owned on East Third Street in Lower Manhattan. She had generously allowed us to use her theater, and occasionally she would peek into a rehearsal and nod encouragingly.

Her accomplishments were many, and as co-founder, with her husband Julian Beck, of The Living Theatre, she influenced generations of actors, directors, and playwrights. Playwright Karen Malpede has written a moving tribute to her here:

Judith Malina: A Vibrant Tremor

Malpede ends her piece with a recent poem from Judith Malina’s published diary:

Hard Lessons:

Learn patience first,
And after patience, love,
And after love
The eternal joy
Of having loved.

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