chapter  8
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First meeting with Stanislavsky

On March 4, 1911, one week prior to his graduation from the Adashev Theatre School, Vakhtangov (see Figure 8.1 ), accompanied by Adashev himself, appeared in the offi ce of the MAT co-founder, NemirovichDanchenko. During the short conversation, Nemirovich acted as if he forgot that the previous summer he had invited Vakhtangov to join the MAT. Nemirovich’s pride must have been hurt by the young man’s refusal, so he was now conducting a “formal” interview:

NEMIROVICH : Please take a seat. Well, what would you like to receive from us, and what would you like to give us?