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Friday, December 21, 2012

Focus: ARRIVAL OF MOSCOW ART THEATER 1923+ original program

In 1923, The Moscow Art Theater toured in New York. It was their second visit, their first was in 1906. Below is a full page notice to the theater world that the M.A.T. was coming. There is another half page notice as well. 

The M.A.T. had an intense impact on the theater world. In fact, we can see its effects all around us. Constantin Stanislavski did not speak English, the M.A.T. productions were not only powerful, but they were entirely in their native Russian. Stanislavski asked Richard Boleslavski, who was a member of the M.A.T. and had emigrated to NY four years earlier, to give a talk about "the work." While the company continued its tour, Boleslavski wrote an article which was published in April, 1923. I have found the article! and am enclosing it below. Boleslavski opened the Laboratory Theater, later becoming the American Laboratory Theater. This was the training ground for Harold Clurman, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and others--the Americans who later formed the Group Theater and changed the way American actors worked and viewed themselves. 

So, how did the work of the Moscow Art Theater first begin to take root here in America? Here is the article...

                                                                 Richard Boleslavsky


(notice the printing is crooked)

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