Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free + Anybody's Woman
Eszter Balint in person for a Q&A following the screening, moderated by programmer Nellie Killian.
MR. DEAD AND MRS. FREE (dir. The Squat Theatre / 1982, 83 mins)
ANYBODY'S WOMAN (dir. Bette Gordon / 1981, 24 mins)
One of the essential avant garde theater companies of the 1970s and 80s, Squat “questioned role playing, the act of spectatorship, and the boundaries between art and life, the fictive and the real” (Electronic Arts Intermix). This video version of their Obie award-winning play Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free (also documented by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Theater in Trance) takes the action out of their 23rd street theater and into New York, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Mudd Club. Screening with Bette Gordon’s precursor to Variety, Anybody’s Woman. Gordon invited Wooster Group members Spalding Grey and Nancy Reilly to the Variety porn theater to talk about pornography on screen.
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.