New York: Inkweed Studios, 1969. 22 x 14 in. Screenprint poster. Good condition. With moderate edgewear, yellowing and staining, and a diagonal crease. Item #POS109
Directed by Judith Malina, designed by Julian Beck, written by Jack Gelber, and with music by Freddie Red, The Connection followings a theatrical producer and writer as they attempt stage a play about the lives of various drug addicts and inhabitants of the New York demimonde. The play consists of conversations between the characters as they wait around to score. It won three obie awards in 1959-1960, including best new play, best all-around production, and best actor. This poster is likely from the first production in 1959 at the living theatre.
This poster was printed by Inkweed Studios, a company founded by Lionel Ziprin, one of the great nearly-forgotten figures of the New York Underground. Inkweed numbered among the contributors to their printing projects Bruce Connor, Jordan Belson, Harry Smith, and Barbara Remmington. This poster is initialed in the print "VBW."