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FT-61652-14

Dassia N. Posner
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)

Soviet Productions of American Plays at the Moscow Kamerny Theatre in the 1920s and 1930s

This grant will allow me to launch research on a book-length study of the Moscow Kamerny Theatre. My research will begin with a journal article that analyzes director Alexander Tairov's productions at the Kamerny of American Expressionist plays by Eugene O'Neill and Sophie Treadwell in the 1920s and 30s. I will investigate how and why Tairov emphasized these plays' anti-capitalist themes in an attempt to satisfy the ideological demands of the Soviet state, while also fostering a vital cross-cultural dialogue about societal oppression as it relates more broadly to class, race, gender, and artistic agency. My aim is to reverse historical erasures of the Kamerny's significance and to restore the innovations of its artists to the historical record by investigating their prolonged collaboration in the context of the plays they staged, the cultures they bridged, and the tumultuous period in which they lived and worked.

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Project fields:
Russian History; Russian Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 9/30/2014