We celebrate 72-years of major contributions to the American Theater
on the occasion of George Bartenieff’s 86th birthday, January 24,
as he prepares for the next Theater Three Collaborative production, Other Than We.
Few people know the full extent and range of George’s activities in the theater. At age 14, he appeared in his first Broadway play, directed by Harold Clurman, acting with Herbert Bergoff and Uta Hagen & Herbert Berghof inThe Whole World Over. Two years later, at age 16, he was directed by Lillian Hellman in her play Monsterrat.George has worked with and he has produced many of the luminaries of the American theater. He has starred in productions that changed the course of theater history. He was Peter in Edward Albee’s Zoo Story, Krapp in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Alan Schneider. He played several roles in Judith Malina’s landmark production of Kenneth Brown’s The Brigg that caused the US government to shutter The Living Theatre. He worked with Joe Papp dozens of times, including the first American production of a play by Vaclav Havel,The Memorandum. He was in Maria Irene Forne’s first play, Promenade, at the Judson Poet’s Theater, and in one her of last plays, The Trial of St. Joan.
In between, he co-produced at Theater for the New City premieres of 7 of Irene's major plays, including Conduct of Life, Mud, and The Danube. This is just a start. In subsequent posts, we will share more history, antidotes, and interviews with George. We hope you will join us in celebrating his long, generous and amazing life as an actor/producer in service to his unique vision of the theater.
As we prepare for the next two productions on our schedule, Other Than We, in 2019 at LaMama, and Blue Valiant, in 2020, we want to share George’s story with you, and we ask for your help..