Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In the 1968-69 season, when the Living Theatre was fresh from a self-imposed exile in Europe, they performed Paradise Now at BAM, often to confused or even outraged audiences who didn't know how to react to the confrontational strategies of the piece. Doing away entirely with the pretense of the fourth wall, the nearly nude actors in Paradise Now invited audience members onto the stage, asking them to dialogue on free love, the criminalization of marijuana use, and the violence of the Vietnam War. Judith Malina, co-founder of the Living Theatre, said that she hoped Paradise Now would inspire "a sense that now is the only moment that anybody has."