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"Lulu" is a tragedy written by Frank Wedekind, though originally it was presented as two separate plays: "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box." These stage designs were for the 1962 production of "Lulu" directed by Kurt Hirschfeld at the Zurich Theater.

Teo Otto was a renowned German stage designer. Born in Remscheid, Otto studied at the Kassel Art Academy for painting and stage design under Ewald Dülberg from 1923 to 1926, after which he served as Dülberg's assistant. In 1930, he was appointed as head of design at the Prussian State Theater. He was eventually let go due to his opposing political views with the Nazis. This led him to emigrate to Switzerland in 1933, where he worked as a stage designer at the Zurich Theater until his death in 1968. Otto also designed for a number of international theaters and productions.

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Otto, Teo, 1904-1968: Lulu stage sets: staircase, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 92.4f.

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