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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.

Video&photos: Alexander Ivanishin


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

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

Upcoming Screenings

There are currently no scheduled screenings for "The Suicide"

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