New York: The Byrd Hofmann School of Byrds, . 8 1/2 x 11" flyer, offset printed on white paper stock. Folder twice for mailing, and addressed and mailed in Robert Wilson's hand from 147 Spring Street. The flyer is designed by Robert Wilson and reproduced from his handwriting and drawing.
The flyer for perhaps the first performance by Robert Wilson and the Byrd Hofmann School of Byrds, the group which Wilson had formed earlier that year and named after a teacher who had cured Wilson of a stutter in his youth. This obscure performance predates the better known works the group performed the following year, The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud. Online references to the play sometimes list it as having been performed in 1969 as well, but the postmark on this mailed example of the flyer clearly shows a date of October 20, 1968, six days before the show opened.
The first part of the performance took place at 147 Spring. Followed by a break for dinner, the flyer suggests that a hay wagon would take attendees to Jones Alley for an Alley Dance party.
This is the only example of the flyer we've seen or handled. Rare and important ephemera from what is likely the first work by the troupe that inaugurated a new age in experimental theater.
Heavily creased, with a small chip missing from one margin from the original tape enclosure, else a sound and almost very good example. Item #28168