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The Soviet TheaterA Documentary History$
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Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194760

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194760.001.0001

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The So-Called Thaw And The Refrigeration, 1954–1963

The So-Called Thaw And The Refrigeration, 1954–1963

(p.521) Chapter Nine The So-Called Thaw And The Refrigeration, 1954–1963
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1954 to 1963. A cautious liberalization began in 1955 as government policies detached themselves from their Stalinist carapaces. Theater administrators and directors were given more responsibility. Member of the Writers Union were allowed to submit their plays directly to the theaters and publishing houses and editorial boards of literary periodicals. The Ministry of Culture examined plays only after they had been accepted by a theater's zavlit (literary manager) or published. In 1956, a new official theater was opened under the aegis of the Moscow Art Theater (MAT)—the Sovremennik, or Contemporary Theater—the first one since the 1930s.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, liberalization, Sovremennik, Contemporary Theater

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