paper chairs proudly presents Nikolai Erdman’s slapstick tragedy,
opening May 15th at the Off Center
The Suicide follows an unemployed and dejected Semyon, living off his wife’s meager income, without penny or purpose to his name. After Semyon fails at his final hope of restoring meaning to his life (learning to play the tuba), Semyon believes himself better off dead. When his neighbour leaks news of his impending suicide to various societal factions, a myriad of strange visitors bombard Semyon’s apartment, demanding that he take his life for their cause. Thus ensues a sublimely ridiculous last supper and a funeral that illuminates the individual’s dogged desire to live even as society usurps the human spirit.
Originally written in 1928 for the Meyerhold Theatre in Moscow, Soviet authorities banned the play before it opened and banished Erdman to Siberia. Join paper chairs as we revamp this rare classic that employs absolute absurdity to earnestly consider what gives us the gumption to go on living.
Featuring: Michael Joplin, Kelli Bland, Lana Dieterich, Nathan Brockett, Florinda Bryant, Frank Benge, Laura Freeman, Tony Salinas, Rachel Dendy, Steven Fay, Cassie Stewart, Jay Byrd, and Wesley Bryant
Directed by: Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta
Scenic Design: Lisa Laratta
Lighting Design: Natalie George and Jen Rogers
Costume Design: Ashley Zeh
Music by: Laura Freeman
Technical Directors: Mason Baker and Simon Ghezzi