Aleksander Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas: A Puppet Show, by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen

By Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen

Aleksandr Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas gathers jointly for the 1st time in English translation the 1st 3 performs by way of Aleksandr Blok, the pre-eminent poet of Russian Symbolism and one of many maximum poets of the 20th century. the 3 performs that represent the trilogy - A Puppet express, The King at the sq. and The Unknown girl - are pivotal records within the improvement of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet exhibit; and The Unknown girl, Meyerhold first started to paintings the elemental tenets of his method of gruesome and constructivist theatre. furthermore, A Puppet convey supplied the muse and masses of the root for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. for that reason, those performs are crucial to any pupil of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are awarded within the context of the poetry from which they issued that allows you to recommend how Blok constructed the topics and motifs of the performs in different genres.

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She has come to us, – the tranquil deliverer. Death has visited us. PIERROT. ) I’m not listening to any fairy tales. I’m a simple person. You won’t fool me. This is Columbine. This is my bride. CHAIRMAN. Ladies and gentlemen! Our poor friend has gone out of his mind from fear. He never thought about what we have been preparing for our entire lives. He didn’t plumb the depths and prepare to humbly meet the Pale Friend at the final hour. We magnanimously forgive the simpleton. ) Brother, you can remain here no more.

In their mutual preoccupation with the traditions of the past, they worked out a stage language which is fundamental to the modernist conception of theater. Although neglected throughout the Soviet era, these plays helped to define the modern and the modernist theater. In them, old traditions found new life, and a new theater found its voice. A PUPPET SHOW Dedicated to Vsevolod Emilievich Meyerhold Dramatis Personae COLUMBINE PIERROT HARLEQUIN MYSTICS of both sexes in frock coats and fashionable gowns, and then in masks and masquerade costumes CHAIRMAN of a mystical gathering Three Pairs of Lovers CLOWN AUTHOR An ordinary theater room with three walls, a window, and a door.

VOICE OF THE THIRD. Die if you’re sorry. (They are silent. ) 50 Blok’s trilogy of lyric dramas SECOND. Tell me, friend, you once believed in virtue, didn’t you? FIRST. I’ll shake on that. I sought well-being too. I too loved those domestic comforts, where it smelled like perfume, where a woman put bread and flowers on the table. SECOND. Did you love children? FIRST. Let’s drop this. I loved children. But I’m not even sorry for the children anymore. SECOND. Tell me one last thing: Do you believe that destruction is liberating?

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