Leningrad: TYUZ, 1929. Item #863
46, pp.: ill., scheme. 17x11.8cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. The spine is slightly rubbed. Otherwise near a very good copy.
First edition. Scarce.
Wrapper design by the Russian painter and theatre artist, Mikhail Grigoriev (1899-1960). Compiled by the Russian actor, director and pedagogue, Leonid Makariev (1892-1975). General editing by the founder of the theatre, Alexander Bryantsev (1883-1961).
Dedicated to the Leningrad Theatre of Young Spectators, this interesting publication unfolds now lesser-known details of the organization and working process of the Leningrad TYUZ (Young Spectator’s Theatre).
The Leningrad TYUZ was founded by the director, teacher and People’s Artist of the USSR, Alexander Bryantsev in 1921. Opening its doors to the spectators only three years after the establishment of the first Moscow TYUZ (1918), the Leningrad theatre soon turned into one of the most popular theatres in the Soviet Union.
The book consists of five chapters: Main Provisions; Tasks and Organization; Repertoire; Provisions on the Delegate Conferences; and Rules of Attendance. The third section of the edition showcases the entire repertoire of the Leningrad TYUZ from 1922 until 1929. The theatre featured puppet shows for the kids (5-8 years old) and plays for the youth. The puppet shows were directed either by L. Yakovleva or Evgeniy Demmeni (1898-1969). The repertoire corresponded to the ideological requirements of the time and featured plays such as “Deti Indii” [i.e. Children of India] by N. Zhukovskiy (on the fight against religious superstitions), “Tak bylo” [i.e. So it was] by A. Brushtein and B. Sohn (on the fight against anti-Semitism), “Na pereval’noy trope” [i.e. On a Trail] by N. Gorlova (on the Civil War), etc. Other plays were directed by Alexander Bryantsev, Elena Pashkova-Gorlova (1899-1971), Evgeniy Gakkel (1892-1953), etc. Decorations were chiefly produced by V. Beier,
E. Iakobson, K. Sokolov, Mikhail Grigoriev, and Moisei Levin (1895-1946). The edition comprises an abundance of illustrations depicting set decorations, various scenes from the plays, plans of the stage, and a wall newspaper produced by the delegates.
Worldcat locates a copy at Harvard College Library.