paper chairs Presents Nikolai Erdman's THE SUICIDE, Now thru 5/31

May 15
12:30 AM 2014
paper chairs Presents Nikolai Erdman's THE SUICIDE, Now thru 5/31

paper chairs presents Nikolai Erdman's slapstick tragedy, The Suicide, opening tonight, 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 they revamp this rare classic that employs absolute absurdity to earnestly consider what gives us the gumption to go on living.

The cast features Frank Benge, Kelli Bland, Nathan Brockett, Florinda Bryant, Wesley Bryant, Jay Byrd, Rachel Dendy, Lana Dieterich, Steven Fay, Laura Freeman, Tony Salinas, Cassie Stewart, and Michael Joplin as Semyon

The Suicide is directed by Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta and features Scenic Design by Lisa Laratta, Lighting Design by Natalie George and Jen Rogers, Costume Design by Ashley Zeh, Music by by Laura Freeman, and Technical Direction by Mason Baker and Simon Ghezzi.

The Suicide will run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, today, May 15th through the 31st, 2014. All Shows start at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. The production runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. There will be a 15 minute intermission.

General Admission tickets are $15-$25. The "Semyon Special" offers tickets at $30 for premium seating and special treats during the show. For tickets and more info, please visit,, or call 512-686-6621.

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