I'm halfway through THE EMPTY SPACE and Peter Brook has already discussed New York's theatrical hangups as resulting from the attention paid to finance in Broadway theatre. That's only gotten worse in the fifty or so years since he wrote. The art is suffering for the cost. It isn't dying necessarily, it's just sort of... languishing. Things seem to be healthier here in London, even with crazy, crazy, crazy budget cuts.
Brook also speaks about The Living Theatre. I remember encountering them for the first time in undergrad. Company members truly lived their art- when The Living Theatre was booted out of their home on the LES, the company up and moved to Europe, living as gypsies all around the world. They didn't get their new New York space until 2006. Of course Julian Beck and Judith Malina (you know who they are- he was the guy from POLTERGEIST and she's Grandmama Addams in the movies) were superhippies, but am I missing something? Did I miss out on that part of theatre? The part that makes you want to be a crazy hippie? Am I too driven by the bottom line?