chapter  15
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The Deluge

Among “Vakhtangov’s authors,” Swedish playwright Johan Henning Berger is one of the few unknowns. Today Berger’s prominence resides entirely on the fact that the First Studio of MAT once produced his play The Deluge . Nevertheless, in the history of the Russian theatre, Vakhtangov’s 1915 production of The Deluge occupies a special place. Berger’s play, despite its naiveté, is a work of talent. Moreover, approached by Vakhtangov as a tragic-comical parable, The Deluge revealed an unexpected depth.