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Mel Gordon: Shakespeare on the Experimental Russian Stage

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Nov 6, 2013
Nov 6, 2013
Segal Theatre


The Daniel Gerould Memorial Lecture

Join us for an evening with theatre historian Mel Gordon (UC Berkeley) to re-discover Shakespeare productions on the avant-garde Soviet stage  from 1924-1935. These state-sponsored interpretations attempted to integrate political ideology with radically new ideas in directing, acting and  set design. Gordon’s illustrated lecture will include rare or “lost” film footage from Michael Chekhov’s Hamlet (1924), the Vakhtangov Theatre’s Hamlet  (1932), Aleksandr Tairov’s Egyptian Nights (1934), and the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre’s King Lear (1935).

This lecture is presented in memory of Daniel Gerould (1928-2012), Lucille Lortel Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY and  Director of Publications of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.