• Sergei Eisenstein, Eccentric scene design for Shaw’s Heartbreak House, State Higher Theatre Workshops (GVYTM), (June 19, 1922). Paper, applique, ink, 34.7 × 48.5 cm. КП 62005. Copyright © A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow.

Eccentric scene design for Heartbreak House

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

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  • Eccentric Heartbreak House scene design in red, black, yellow, and white, created from string and cutout paper. The center of the design is dominated by a large arched structure with an actor walking along its crossbeam.

    Attached to the design is a handwritten note by Meyerhold, dated June 19, 1922: “S. M. Eisenstein’s scene and costume designs for a play requiring an Eccentric treatment are accepted as having fulfilled the given assignment—and brilliantly so.”

    See book: p. 165, 166; figure 40

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  • Design dated June 16, 1922
  • Meyerhold's response dated June 19, 1922
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