15 June 1924
The premiere of the production “D.E.”
Ilya Ehrenburg’s fantasy novel “Trust D.E. History of the Death of Europe,” published in the summer of 1923, became the basis of this production. Director Vsevolod Meyerhold created a fifteen-minute stage “Transformer” attraction for one of his favorite performers Erast Garin. During those fifteen minutes the actor would change his appearance seven times, disappearing behind a screen on stage only to reappear in a different costume. The set was hiding two people who would instantly change the actor’s clothes.