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.
LaurenceÂ SenelickÂ is Fletcher Professor of Drama at Tufts University and a world-renownedÂ scholar of Russian theater.
SergeiÂ OstrovskyÂ wasÂ an adjunct at the Red Army Theatre,Â aÂ dramaturgeÂ atÂ theÂ TabakovÂ StudioÂ TheaterÂ in Moscow, and aÂ journalistÂ in the Russian press.