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Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky

(1884–1970) Russian/Soviet dramatist who spent time as a ship's stoker and farm labourer in the United States before the revolution (hence the prefix ‘Bill’). His first plays ...

Bill-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir [ Naumovich ] (b. Aleksandriya, Ukraine , 9 Jan. 1884 ; d. Moscow , 1 March 1970 ) Playwright . A member of the Communist Party from 1917 , between 1911 and 1917 he had worked as a navvy and stevedore in the United States (hence his nickname Bill). The themes of his 12 or more plays became prominent in Soviet drama; for example, Shtorm (‘Storm’, 1925 ), a Civil War documentary drama, demonstrates the suspicion of the intelligentsia as hidden or potential counter-revolutionaries, and Zhizn zovyot ( Life is calling , ...

Bill-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir ( 1884–1970 ) Russian/Soviet dramatist who spent time as a ship's stoker and farm labourer in the United States before the revolution (hence the prefix ‘Bill’). His first plays were agitprop works designed for amateur performance and suffered from schematically conceived, poster-like characterization. His Civil War play Storm , staged at the Moscow Trades Union Theatre in 1924 , was among the first to introduce a socialist ‘positive hero ’. Life Is Calling ( 1934 ), about the heroic struggles of a Soviet scientist, and his...

Bill-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir Naumovich

Bill-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir Naumovich (1884–1970)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...-Belotserkovsky, Vladimir Naumovich ( 1884–1970 ), Soviet dramatist, who added Bill , his nickname in the USA (where he worked from 1911 to 1917 ), to his family name. His first play Echo ( 1924 ) depicts United States dockers refusing to load arms for anti-Soviet use. Hurricane (or Storm ), produced in 1925 at the Mossoviet Theatre , is a stirring piece of propaganda dealing with the struggles of a Revolutionary leader in a small village during the Russian Revolution. The first realistic play about the new Soviet state, it was produced all over...

Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky

Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky  

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(1884–1970)Russian/Soviet dramatist who spent time as a ship's stoker and farm labourer in the United States before the revolution (hence the prefix ‘Bill’). His first plays were agitprop works ...
Mossoviet Theatre

Mossoviet Theatre  

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Moscow, founded in 1923 to encourage young playwrights to tackle Soviet and European political themes. The theatre's earliest and best dramatist was Bill-Belotserkovsky, whose Storm (also known as ...
Yermolova Theatre

Yermolova Theatre  

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Moscow, studio named in honour of the actress (above) in 1930, which acquired its present status after its fusion with the Khmelev Studio in 1937 when Khmelev himself became its ...

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