ONLINE ISSUE
no. 5

A Partial Index of the
American Theatre for Poets, Inc.
1961–1965

Event Staff
29-30 October 1961
One-Acts Plays by Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure and LeRoi Jones
The Off Bowery Theatre
George Serhan (Stage Manager)
Lloyd Kram (Sound)

"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. 

Program, One-Acts Plays by Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure and LeRoi Jones, 1961
Program, One-Acts Plays by Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure and LeRoi Jones, 1961
Press Release, One-Acts Plays by Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure and LeRoi Jones, 1961
Performances Participants
Collages (Art)

Ray Johnson (Artist)
Discontent of a Russian Prince (Play)

Diane DiPrima (Playwright)
Alan Marlowe (Director)
Fydor Vallyo (Actor: Kit)
Myra Merk (Actor: Bessie)
Fred Herko (Set Designer)
Jeanne DiPrima (Set Designer)
Pillow (Play)

Michael McClure (Playwright)
Jerry Benjamin (Director)
Fred Herko (Choreographer, Set Designer)
Louis Waldon (Actor: Webster)
Edward Max (Actor: Tony)
Ron Faber (Actor: Tracy)
Gary Filsinger (Actor: Vine)
Jeanne Thomas (Actor: Stenda)
Earl Schenzer (Actor: Mason)
Hetti Simms (Actor: Woman)
Dante, from The System of Dante's Hell (Play)

Jerry Benjamin (Director)
Louis Waldon (Actor: Narrator)
David Willis (Actor: 46)
Ron Faber (Actor: 64)
Gary Filsinger (Actor: 62 Otis)
Karl Schenzer (Actor: Cookie)
Bill Grace (Actor: Watley)
Marian Zazeela (Set Designer)
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