from pastelegram.org, June 2011 – April 2014
"From the beginning [of the organization] our idea had been to do plays by some of the new poets, our friends, and since most of the plays the poets were writing consisted of only one act, the plan was to do several of them on one bill. The first program had been planned and cast before the bust, and as luck would have it, it included the very same play of Le Roi's from Floating Bear #9 that we were currently going to court about. ... We went right ahead with the program as we had planned it: The Discontent of the Russian Prince, a play I had writeen about two years earlier, about etting up in the morning, in which Freddie Herko and I were the sole performers; The Pillos, a beautiful early verse play by Michael McClure (another of the plays from this first series, The Feast, written in "beast language," was published in The Floating Bear #14, that same eventful October); and LeRoi's play from The System of Dante's Hell.
We--actors and stagehands and all--went ahead with some trepidation, none too sure that we were going to be allowed to open, or get through the run without a bust, but go ahead we did, and that felt good and very brave and encouraging." -- Diane di Prima, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years. New York: Viking, 2001.
Discontent of a Russian Prince (Play)
Dante, from The System of Dante's Hell (Play)