Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Der befreite Don Quijote written by Anatolii Lunacharskii and produced at the Volkesbuene in Berlin around 1920

A scene from Der befreite Don Quijote written by the Russian playwright Anatolii Vasilyevich Lunacharskii (1875 - 1933) and produced at the Volkesbuene in Berlin around 1920



The Chief Thing (1921) written by Nikolai Evreinov and produced at the Theatre Guild in New York in 1926

A scene from The Chief Thing (1921) written by the Russian playwright Nikolai Evreinov (1879 - 1953) and produced at the Theatre Guild in New York in 1926




"His plays include the monodramas The Presentation of Love (1910) and In the Stage-Wings of the Soul (1911), the tragi-farce A Merry Death (1908, based on Alexander Blok's The Puppet Show), and The Chief Thing (1921); the last two of which were heavily indebted to the commedia. Based on Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths (1902), The Chief Thing provided Evreinov's one international success, was done on stage and screen in France as La Comedie du Bonheur and was staged on Broadway in 1926 by Theater Guild with Harold Clurman and Edward G. Robinson." 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Roza i Krest (The Rose and the Cross 1912) written by Aleksandr Blok and produced in Prague around 1920

A scene from Roza i Krest (The Rose and the Cross 1912) written by the Russian playwright Aleksandr Blok (1880 - 1921) and produced in Prague around 1920



He Who Gets Slapped (1922) written by Leonid N. Andreyev and produced at the Modern Theatre in Vienna around 1925

A scene from He Who Gets Slapped (1922) written by the Russian playwright Leonid N. Andreyev (1871 - 1919) and produced at the Modern Theatre in Vienna around 1925



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thought written by Leonid N. Andreyev and produced at the Tribune in Germany around 1920

A scene from Thought written by the Russian playwright Leonid N. Andreyev (1871 - 1919) and produced at the Tribune in Germany around 1920



Okean (The Ocean 1911) written by Leonid N. Andreyev and produced at the Königsberg New Theatre in Germany around 1920

A scene from Okean (The Ocean 1911) written by the Russian playwright Leonid N. Andreyev (1871 - 1919) and produced at the Königsberg New Theatre in Germany around 1920



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Lower Depths (1902) written by Maxim Gorky and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1902

A scene from The Lower Depths (1902) written by the Russian playwright Maxim Gorky (1868 - 1936) and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1902




"The Lower Depths (Russian: На дне, Na dne, literally: 'At the bottom') is perhaps the best known of Maxim Gorky's plays. It was written during the winter of 1901 and the spring of 1902. Subtitled "Scenes from Russian Life," it depicted a group of impoverished Russians living in a shelter near the Volga. Produced by the Moscow Arts Theatre on December 18, 1902, Konstantin Stanislavski directed and starred. It became his first major success, and a hallmark of Russian social realism."