Simultaneous setting design for Comedy of the Black Goat

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

  • This unfinished scene design, partly drawn in pencil, partly painted, hearkens directly to medieval "mansions," side-by-side settings that depict multiple locations simultaneously.

    The full title of Tyss-Eisenstein's play:
    A True Comedy About the Lustful Sorceress Tortellina, the Black Goat, God’s Righteous Judgment, and Also About the Crafty Devils Orishel and Tortishel and Other Amusing Events as They Happened in the Good City of Madaur in Ancient Times.

    See book: p. 139, 140; figure 31

Creator Role
  • Performing Arts
  • March–June 1920
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  • Sergei Eisenstein, simultaneous setting, inspired by medieval scene design conventions, for Comedy of the Black Goat, a play that Eisenstein penned as Peregrinus Tyss. (March–June 1920). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 1923, op. 1, ed. khr. 736: 12.


  • Comedy of the Black Goat: Les Mansions [the mansions]