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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 Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945

The Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945

(p.446) Chapter Seven The Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter examines events in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1939 to 1945. During this period, theater at the front became a civic duty, a form of military service. Performing under the most difficult of circumstances gave rise to diverse forms, the most most elementary being the highly mobile concert brigade, capable of performing a repertoire of poems, songs, scenes from well-known plays, monologues, one-acts, sketches, and the like. From August 1939 to September 1940, some twenty-nine thousand performances of plays and concerts were given by various theatrical units before Soviet soldiers and sailors. Of this number, 3,377 concerts and plays were performed within a single ten-day period dedicated to the twenty-first anniversary of the Red Army and Navy.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, military service, theatrical performances, soldiers, sailors, Red Army

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