Squat Theatre was founded by artists, writers, designers, musicians in Budapest, Hungary in the late 1960s. They were known as Kassak Studio, and later, during their underground years in Budapest as "apartment theatre". Members of the group were expelled from Hungary in the early 1970s for their radical aesthetic views. After spending a year and working in Europe they moved to the U.S. in 1977.
Their experimental theatre in New York became a well-known place in the city on West 23rd Street, near the Hotel Chelsea, between 7th and 8th Avenues. All three of their major plays: "Pig!Child!Fire", "Andy Warhol's Last Love", "Mr. Dead & Mrs Free" were staged in their storefront theatre, with the street as a backdrop and many times integral part of their plays. This staging became their trademark.
- Wilmeth, Don B.; C. W. E. Bigsby (2000). The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 274. ISBN 0-521-47204-0.
- Bertens, Hans (1998). International Postmodernism: Theory and Literary Practice. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 133. ISBN 90-272-3445-0.
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