The Brooklyn-born artist studied at Drake University and with Herbert Berghof and others before becoming a member of The Living Theatre , the postwar company devoted to works that were distinctly non commercial in nature. Productions by The Open Theatre were sometimes by invitation only, and the company-developed works sometimes had an anything-goes feel.
Chaikin and company were both praised and panned for mixing theatrical styles in productions. As a director, he was embraced for often bringing focus to what could have been chaotic.
Chaikin told author William Goldman, for the book, "The Season. In order to come to a vocabulary, we had to teach each other: we had no ambitions other than to meet and play around Off-off Broadway's impulse was a terrific dissatisfaction with what is possible on Broadway Off-off-Broadway is really an attack on the fourth wall. It want to destroy the fourth-wall business. I have difficulty believing most of what happens on Broadway.
Mary Martin's like a character in a television commercial; nobody's like that. His ideas are documented in his book, "The Presence of the Actor. The troupe was disbanded in His work with the Open Theater included directing 14 original plays.
He is the recipient of the Vernon Rice Award for outstanding contribution to the theater. According to his biography posted on Artservice's website, Mr. Chaikin underwent open heart surgery in and experienced a stroke which resulted in aphasia.
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