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Soviet "Theater of Working Youth"

Za TRAM: vsesoiuznoe soveshchanie po khudozhestvennoi rabote sredi molodezhi [For TRAM: a union-wide conference on creative work among children].

Moscow: Teakinopechat’, 1929. Octavo (23 × 15 cm). Later green clothl front wrapper preserved; 82 pp. Good or better; text toned due to stock; some traces of paper restoration; frequent light annotations in pencil.

Scarce anthology on TRAM, an acronym for Teatr Rabochei Molodezhi, or Theatre of Working Youth, which emerged in 1925 from an amateur Leningrad collective associated with the M. V. Gleron House for the Education of Communist Youth. “The emphasis was on instilling Communist principles into the plays and production styles in the manner of living newspapers and Proletkul’t, with direct address to educate the spectators. Drawing on film-editing techniques, a production was broken down into discrete units, with frequent light cues…. When socialist realism became the state-approved style, TRAM was condemned for formalism and antirealism, overvaluing the director to the diminution of the actor and was liquidated.” Thus, the Moscow TRAM was absorbed into the Moscow Lenin Komsomol Theatre. See: Laurence Senelick, Historical Dictionary of Russian Theater, p. 407. See also an entire chapter devoted to TRAM in: Lynn Mally, Revolutionary Acts: Amateur Theater and the Soviet State, 1917-1938. With an introduction by Anatol Lunacharsky and the text of a speech by Chicherov. As of May 2020, KVK and OCLC only show a single copy, at the University of Virginia.

Book ID: 50737

Price: $650.00