Anna Lacis and Bernhard Reich: Life and Love in the Theatre

  • Liga Ulberte Latvian Academy of Culture


"Anna (Asja) Lācis (1891-1979) is often considered the first to have implemented true epic theatre in Latvian drama.... Bernhard Reich (1894-1972) one of the most important personalities of the German theatre of the 1920s.... This article demonstrates how theatrical work structured Lācis’s and Reich’s biographies and makes a case for how interconnected the two theatre-makers were through their shared belief in the importance and influence of theatre. It therefore works against the tendency in scholarship to concentrate on Lācis’s personal liaisons by showing the role her work in theatre played in mediating the most important and long-lasting relationship in her life."