This book considers the powerfully stylized, antirealistic styles of symbolic acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921. It relates this striking departure from the dominant European acting tradition of realism to the specific cultural crises that enveloped the German nation during the course of its involvement in World War I. The examination of portions of previously untranslated Expressionist scripts and actor memoirs allows for an unprecedented focus on description and analysis of the acting itself.
This book provides an invaluable guide to much of twentieth-century theatre in America - tracing the exciting new Expressionist movement in the theatre, demonstrate its continuing and vital influence on the theatre today.
Bely, Blok, Sologub, Annensky, and their contemporaries may be best known for writing influential verse and narrative prose. However, they also authored Symbolist plays, thus collectively adding to a revolutionary new Russian performance style. This is an extensive anthology of their works, including several first English play translations, detailed prefaces, and critical essays on the theatre.