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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 Civil War, 1919–1921

The Civil War, 1919–1921

(p.80) Chapter Two The Civil War, 1919–1921
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1919 to 1921. Topics covered include the Bolsheviks' promotion of mass spectacles aimed at imposing an ideological vision of history on the masses, with the continuity of class struggle and the ultimate victory of the Russian proletariat; the naming of Meyerhold as director of the Teatral'ny otdel Narkomprosa (TEO, Theatrical Department of Narkompros) on September 16, 1920, making him the most important person in Russian theatrical life; Kamerny Theater founder Tairov; and the creation of the Gosudarstvenny evreysky teatr (GOSET, State Jewish Theater).

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, Russia, Meyerhold, Teatral'ny otdel Narkomprosa, TEO, Kamerny Theater, Tairov, GOSET, State Jewish Theater

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