Alexander Blok wrote The Puppet Show,
the first of his "lyrical dramas" in 1906. The
play debuted at the end of that year at the Vera Kommissarzhevskaia
Theatre in St. Petersburg by Vsevolod
Meyerhold who also played the role of Pierrot.
The music for the first production was composed by Mikhail
LEFT: The design for Pierrots
costume as sketched, most likely, by Fedor Komissarzhevsky.
BELOW: Nikolai Sapunov designed the sets and costumes for
1906 production of Alexander Blok's The Puppet Show.
This sketch is for the beginning of the play, and depicts
the mystics sitting at a table in the center of the internal
stage. In the actual production, cardboard cutouts were
used to hide the mystics' bodies, and only their heads and
hands could be seen through holes in the cardboard. Pierrot
is sitting slumped to the side of the mystics.
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