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PRINT March 1977

Einstein on the Beach

EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH began ahead of time, though the doors to the theater opened late. While 3,800 people sorted themselves into orchestra and balconies, Lucinda Childs and Sheryl Sutton were already seated on stage, concentrating on work. They were seated behind two tables a little apart from each other. The stage floor below was painted in a white square, as was the drop behind them. Both women wore white shirts, suspenders, baggy pants, and basketball sneakers, as did the rest of the company, costumes modeled on a photograph of Albert Einstein wearing those clothes. The portable microphone concealed in Sutton’s costume was barely audible—one of the few failures in four tons of sound equipment. Everyone in the back rows craned forward to hear. She was counting over and over: “two, three, four, five, six, two. . . .” Twelve chorus members filed into the orchestra pit (later they will

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