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Written by Nikolai Erdman

Theatre Art Studio

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 noteriety  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. 


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.


Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 2 hours 49 minutes

Trailer & photos: Alexander Ivanishin

Creative Team

Stage adaptation and direction - Sergey Zhenovach

Set Design -  Alexander Borovsky
Lighting Design - Damir Ismagilov
Composer - Grigory Gobernik


Podsekalnikov – Vyacheslav Evlantiev

Maria, wife – Evgenia Gromova

Serafima, mother-in-law – Anastasia Imamova

Kalabushkin – Alexey Vertkov

Peryesvetova – Maria Shashlova

Grand-Skubik – Grigory Sluzhitel

Yegor Timofeevich – Sergey Kachanov

Pugachov, a butcher – Igor Lizengevich

Viktor, a writer – Alexander Proshin

Father Yelpidy, a priest – Sergey Abroskin

Cleopatra Maksimovna – Olga Kalashnikova

Raisa Filippovna – Tatiana Volkova

Old woman – Polina Pushkaruk

Oleg Leonidovich – Ivan Yankovsky

Young man – Gleb Puskepalis

Milliner – Katerina Vasilyeva

Waiters – Nodar Siradze, Alexander Suvorov

Tuba Band led by Victor Kozlov


Deeply Human Touch Brought to Erdman's 'The Suicide, John Freedman, The Moscow Times

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