The Soviet Theater A Documentary History Laurence Senelick, Sergei Ostrovsky

Publication date:
24 Jun 2014
Yale University Press
784 pages: 235 x 156 x 43mm
61 b-w illus.
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In this monumental work, Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky offer a panoramic history of Soviet theater from the Bolshevik Revolution to the eventual collapse of the USSR. Making use of more than eighty years’ worth of archival documentation, the authors celebrate in words and pictures a vital, living art form that remained innovative and exciting, growing, adapting, and flourishing despite harsh, often illogical pressures inflicted upon its creators by a totalitarian government. It is the first comprehensive analysis of the subject ever to be published in the English language.

Laurence Senelick is Fletcher Professor of Drama at Tufts University and a world-renowned scholar of Russian theater. Sergei Ostrovsky was an adjunct at the Red Army Theatre, a dramaturge at the Tabakov Studio Theater in Moscow, and a journalist in the Russian press.

"Laurence Senelick and Sergel Ostrovsky have produced an essential, welcome, and much-needed sourcebook for all scholars—young and grizzled—studying Soviet, especially Russian, theatre. . . . An undoubtedly magnificent achievement, [The Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History] will provide scholars and readers with excellent tools for an analysis of Soviet Russian theatre."—Irena R. Makaryk, Canadian Slavonic Papers

"This impressive history brings together a vast range of documents to tell the story of the Soviet theater from its beginnings in 1917 to its end in 1991. . . .The wide variety of material creates a rich and complex picture of life in the Soviet theater. . . . The history is an invaluable resource, bringing together a multiplicity of voices to tell the fascinating story of the Soviet theater."—Sarah Clovis Bishop, Slavic and East European Journal