The Socialist Construction of the Moscow Theater Festival 1933-1937.
Abstract: From 1933 through 1937, the Soviet Union invited foreigners to
experience the best of Soviet theater at the Moscow Theater Festival. This thesis focuses
on the festival as both an object of and vehicle for socialist construction. The first
chapter explores the event as an economic activity through a consideration of the
capitalist methods employed to sell the festival. The second cha... read morepter examines how the
organizers focused on the festival's increasing cultural and political significance when
planning it. The final chapter reflects on the attendees' responses to their experiences.
The conclusion compares the festival to another project of socialist construction--the
building of the Moscow subway--and to the Nazi Olympics of 1936. It suggests that a
constant and critical aspect of socialist construction is the fusing of the concepts of
politics, economics, and culture into the singular concept of socialism.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Drama.
Advisor: Laurence Senelick.
Committee: Justin Weir, and Noe Montez.
Keywords: Theater history, Russian history, and Recreation and tourism.read less