First Published in 1995. A Meeting About Laughter is a collection of sketches, interludes and theatrical parodies by Nikolai Erdman, Vladimir Mass and others. Translated from the Russian Theatre Archive by John Freedman, Harvard University. Erdman is best known as the author of The Warrant and The Suicide, both written for Vsevolod Meyerhold in the 1920s. Also including the transcript of a startling discussion of The Suicide at the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1930 and the only surviving fragments of Erdman's third play The Hypnotist.
Table of Contents
List of Plates -- Introduction to the Series -- Introduction -- A Note on Translation and Texts -- WORKS BY NIKOLAI ERDMAN: 1924-1968 -- The Destruction of Europe on Holy Square -- The Qualification Exams -- Two Scenes from Moscow From a Point of View: The Room in Which They Rented an Apartment The Self-Taught Communist -- Three Circus Sketches: The Comradely Court Case at Housing Cooperative No. 1519 -- The PeopLe vs. Vitaly Lazarenko -- The Divorce -- An Interlude for Lez Gurych Sinichkin -- Five Interludes for The Two Gentlemen of Verona -- Two Interludes for Pugachyov -- WORKS BY NIKOLAI ERDMAN WITH VLADIMIR MASS AND OTHERS: 1931-1954 -- Two Music Hall Numbers -- An Interlude for Princess Turandot -- Three Interludes for Hamlet -- An Evening of Theatrical Parodies: -- The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of the Danes -- The Work Whistle, or the Stomach Incision -- A Meeting About Laughter -- New People, New Songs Private Schultz -- On Laughter -- APPENDIX -- The Suicide at the Vakhtangov Theater: A Document Two Fragments from The Hypnotist.
John Freedman, Harvard University, USA.