Platon Kerzhentsev ca 1920
Platon Mikhailovich Kerzhentsev ( Russian: Плато́н Миха́йлович Ке́рженцев), real name Lebedev (Ле́бедев) (4 August 1881 – 2 June 1940) was a [1 ] Russian state and party official, journalist, playwright and arts theorist who was involved with the Proletkult movement. From 29 December 1930 – 23 March 1933 he was appointed Executive Officer of the Soviet Union, the second person to fill that post.
Kerzhentsev became a
Bolshevik in 1904 and gained experience of mass theatre in Europe and anglophone countries during a period of exile. He was influenced by Percy MacKaye, Richard Wagner and Alexandr Bogdanov. He had articles published in [2 ] , the Journal of the Theatre Department of Vestnik Teatra Narkompros based in Moscow. In 1923 Kerzhentsev criticised Bogdanov in Pravda where he focused on The Organizational Principles of a Uniform Economic Plan a text submitted to the First Conference on Scientific Organization of Labour (January 1921). [3 ]
Publications [ edit ]
Tvorcheskii teatr (Creative Theatre), Various publishers, 1918–23 (5 editions)
Articles [ edit ]
'Proletkul't'—organizatsiia proletarskoi samodeiatel'nosti,
Proletarskaia kul'tura, no. 1 (1918), pp. 7–8; 'Organizatsiia literaturnogo tvorchestva',
Proletarskaia kul'tura, no. 5 (1918), pp. 23–26. 'Posle prazdnika'
Iskusstvo, no.6 (1918): 3-5. 'Repertuar proletarskogo teatra',
Iskusstvo, no. 1  (1918), pp. 5–7.
Revoliutsiia i teatr, Moscow: Dennitsa, 1918. 'Kollektivnoe tcorchestvo v teatre',
Proletarskaia kul'tura, no. 7–8 (1919), pp. 37–41. 'Mozhno li iskazhat' p'esy postanovkoi?'
Vestnik teatra, no. 1 (1919), p. 2. 'O professionalizme',
Gorn, no. 4 (1919), pp. 69–71. 'Peredelyvaite p'esy!',
Vestnik teatra, no. 36 (1919), pp. 6–8.
Pervoe maia i mirovaia revoliutsiia, Tver: Tsentropechat', 1919. 'Rozn' iskusstva',
Vestnik teatra, no. 19 (1919), p. 2. 'Burzhuaznoe nasledie',
Vestnik teatra, no. 51 (1920), pp. 2–3. 'Teatral'nyi muzei',
Vestnik teatra, no. 48 (1920), pp. 4–5. 'Pis'mo v redaktsiiu',
Vestnik teatra, no. 53 (1920), p. 5.
See also [ edit ]