Dodo Konstantinovich Antadze

Antadze, Dodo Konstantinovich


(also Isaak K. Antadze). Born Sept. 28 (Oct. 11), 1900, in the village of Vardzia, in what is now Ordzhonikidze Raion, Georgian SSR; died Apr. 18, 1978, in Tbilisi. Soviet director. People’s Artist of the USSR (1971). Member of the CPSU from 1940.

In 1919, Antadze studied at the Tbilisi Theater Studio of G. Dzhabadari. A student of K. A. Mardzhanishvili’s, Antadze took part in the creation of the Second State Drama Theater of Georgia in Kutaisi. He was the artistic manager of the theater (which moved to Tbilisi in 1930 and was renamed the K. A. Mardzhanishvili Theater in 1933) from 1933 to 1938; he also directed plays at the theater. Antadze was head of the L. Meskhishvili Kutaisi Theater from 1938 to 1952, the A. S. Griboedov Tbilisi Russian Drama Theater from 1952 to 1957, and the Sh. Rustaveli Theater from 1957 to 1962. The plays he staged included Ten Days That Shook the World (1927; adapted from the work by J. Reed), Baazov’s The Dumb Began to Speak (1932), Shakespeare’s King Lear (1941), Shanshiashvili’s Khevisberi Gocha (1956), and Sanikidze’s The Residents of Kutaisi (1962).

Antadze received the K. Mardzhanishvili Prize of the Georgian SSR in 1977 for his book Together With Mardzhanishvili (1975). Antadze was awarded four orders and various medals.