Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Mesiats v Derevne (A Month in the Country 1850) written by Ivan Turgenev and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in December 1909

A scene from Mesiats v Derevne (A Month in the Country 1850) written by the Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev (1818 - 1883) and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in December 1909




"The Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) production opened on 22 December [O.S. 9 December] 1909. It was directed by Konstantin Stanislavski (who alternated the role of Rakitin with Vasili Kachalov) and Ivan MoskvinOlga Knipper played Natalya, Nikolai Massalitinov was her husband, Islayev, and Maria Samarova his mother, Anna. Richard Boleslavsky played Belyaev, with Lydia Korenyeva as Verochka. The rest of the cast included Elena Muratova as Lizaveta, Nikolai Zvantsev as Schaaf, Ilya Uralov as Bolshintsov, Vladimir Gribunin as Shpigelsky, I. V. Lazarev as Matvei, and Lyubov Dmitrevskaya as Katya. Scenic design was by the World of Art artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. This was the first production in which Stanislavski made use of his emerging 'system' of acting, much to the general distress of the actors, and Knipper in particular."

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