Stage Russia HD: The Suicide

Stage Russia HD: The Suicide

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2 PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Nikolai Erdman
Adapted and directed by Sergey Zhenovach
A Theatre Art Studio production

Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. Designer Alexander Borovsky’s walled-up stage with two stories of raggedy doors allows for slapstick chases and gives Zhenovach the opportunity to play entire scenes offstage, freeing it of realistic details and keeping the focus on the characters and their predicaments. Once the production builds up a head of steam, the laughs come fast and furious. The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.

3 hours (with one 15 minute intermission)
Presented in Russian with English subtitles


The Wirtz Center's Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

Part of the Stage on Screen series, presenting the best of international theatre on the big screen at Northwestern University.

Ticket Pricing:

$20 general public,
$16 NU Employee,
$10 full-time student (Under 30 with current ID),
$8 Children