The Suicide, Theatre Art Studio

The Suicide, Theatre Art Studio

September 23, 2019April 27, 2020

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3 hours
20 min

SuicideStage Russia screening series
Co-presentation with Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts


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 & photo: Alexander Ivanishin

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 3 hours (with one intermission)



  • 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

Creative Team

  • Stage adaptation and direction – Sergey Zhenovach
  • Set Design – Alexander Borovsky
  • Lighting Design – Damir Ismagilov
  • Composer – Grigory Gobernik​