The Brig (play)

The Brig is a play written by former U.S. Marine Kenneth H. Brown (born 1936). It was first performed in New York by The Living Theatre on May 13, 1963,[1] with a production filmed in 1964 by Jonas Mekas. It was revived in New York in 2007.[2] The Brig received three Obie Awards in 1964: for Best Production (play), Best Design (Julian Beck) and Best Direction (Judith Malina). The 2007 revival received an Obie Special Citation for its ensemble and director Judith Malina. In 2009 it received an unlicensed production at the New World School of the Arts, Theatre Division in Miami. Produced by Dean Patrice Bailey and directed by Matthew D. Glass. No legal action was taken

The play depicts a typical day in a U.S. Marine Corps military prison called the brig. Brown spent thirty days in such a brig for being Absent Without Leave while serving with the Third Marines at Camp Fuji, Japan in the 1950s.[3].


  1. p.126 The American Film Institute Catalogue of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States 1997 University of California Press
  2. "'The Brig': A Revival with Modern Themes". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. Brown, Kenneth H. "Stony sleep". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
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