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Northwestern University - Wirtz Center
Stage Russia HD: THE SUICIDE
By Nikolai Erdman. Adapted and directed by Sergey Zhenovach. A Theatre Art Studio production.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00PM

Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive
on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208
Located on the southeast part of the Evanston campus, just off Sheridan Road and Campus Drive. The Louis Theatre is on the south side of the Wirtz Center building, at the base of the hill leading up to the Arts Circle, facing the parking lot(s).

STAGE RUSSIA HD films productions from Russia's most renowned theater companies and distributes them in HD into cinemas across the globe. Presented in Russian with English subtitles. Part of our Stage On Screen series.

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 notoriety 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. Designer Alexander Borovsky’s walled-up stage with two stories of raggedy doors allows for slapstick chases and gives Zhenovach the opportunity to play entire scenes offstage, freeing it of realistic details and keeping the focus on the characters and their predicaments. Once the production builds up a head of steam, the laughs come fast and furious. 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.

Running time is 3 hours, with one 15 minute intermission.