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Documentary film about the life of Joe Chaikin, actor/director who was instrumental in the development of American experimental theater. Chaikin helped to establish the Open Theatre and the Living Theatre, acting troups that performed experimental works off Broadway during the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970s. Includes commentary by playwrights Edward Albee, Sam Shepherd, Jean-Claude van Itallie, John Bellusco, and writer Susan Sontag. After a 1984 stroke left Chaikin unable to speak, he included seminal works by and about actors with disabilities in his theatrical productions.