paper chairs proudly presents Nikolai Erdman’s slapstick tragedy,
The Suicide follows an unemployed and dejected Semyon, living off his wife’s meager income, without penny or purpose to his name. After Semyon’s final hope of restoring meaning to his life (learning to play the tuba) fails, Semyon believes himself better off dead. When his neighbor leaks news of his impending suicide to various societal factions, a myriad of strange visitors bombard Seymon’s apartment, demanding that he take his life in their name. Thus ensues a sublimely ridiculous satirical last supper and funeral that illuminate 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.
Opening May 15th at the Off Center!
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