• Sergei Eisenstein, mise-en-scène sketch for Sergei Tretiakov’s Enough Stupidity in Every Wiseman, based on the play by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, Proletkult First Workers’ Theatre (premiere: April–May 1923). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 1923 op. 1 ed. khr. 801: 8 verso.


  • Attractions, production, directing, costumes, props by Eisenstein.
    Reworking of the text:
    S. M. Tretiakov (words)
    S. M. Eisenstein (scenario)

Mise-en-scène sketch for Wiseman

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • Rough pencil sketch of vertical staging ideas for Wiseman, including a lyra (aerial hoop) and tightrope, both of which appeared in the final production. As was the case in many of Eisenstein theatrical sketches, various words—in this case "Moscow Proletkult," "attraction," "training"—appear within the drawing itself.

    See book: p. 186

Creator Role
  • Performing Arts
  • Drawing: n. d.
  • Premiere: April 16, 1923
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