AuthorFeuer, Marie, 1952-
KeywordsTheatrical producers and directors -- Soviet Union.
Meĭerkholʹd, V. Ė. (Vsevolod Ėmilʹevich), 1874-1940.
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AbstractThis thesis puts forth the premise that the ideas of the Russian director Meyerhold correlate to the ideas of the Greek philosopher Plato. The writer shows that Meyerhold was a theatrical innovator in the sense that he gave Platonic thought a fresh reflection, expressing as he did his philosophic beliefs by means of the medium of the plastic arts and the stage; dialogue, scenic design, lighting techniques, etc., as opposed to the pure philosophic dialogues Plato used. Meyerhold's theatrical contributions arose from an attempt to resolve opposites, often by the creation of paradox, in order to provide the audience with at least a glimpse of a new world view. The writer uses the writings of Plato, and the writings and examples of the staged productions of Meyerhold to prove the aforementioned premise. Using Meyerhold's theory of uslovnyi theatre and Plato's Theory of Ideas, the writer shows that Meyerhold's work, his theatrical innovations, gave dramatic life to Platonic epistemology.
Degree ProgramGraduate College