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Wolfgang Roth

Painter · Printmaker · Sculptor · Stage & Screen Artist
Born February 25, 1910, Berlin, Germany
Died November 11, 1988, New York, New York

Wolfgang Roth was an internationally known set designer. Born in Berlin, he worked with Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht in theater and opera. Roth emigrated to New York in 1938. He designed sets for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway plays , musicals, and opera productions including the 1952 world-wide tour of Porgy and Bess. He created The Littlest Circus, a dance-pantomime, which toured the United States for seven years, was seen on Broadway, and was produced for television by CBS. His designs were influenced by his training in the underground theater of Nazi Germany, as well as the political artists of the day and the Bauhaus School. As an artist, Roth's paintings, drawings, collages and sculpture often portray theatrical themes, especially the circus.
The multi-talented Roth was also a singer and guitarist; his performing career began in the cabaret in Berlin in the 1930s, and he later recorded two albums of German folk songs and ballads.

An exhibiton featuring some of Roth's set designs, paintings and works on paper was held at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA in 2006


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