DER SELBSTMÖRDER

It all begins with a late-night hankering for liverwurst. Semjon, an unemployed petty bourgeoise, has such severe meat cravings that he wakes his wife, Mascha.

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Saison 2021/22

PREMIERE

Der Selbstmörder

Komödie von Nikolai Erdman

Aus dem Russischen von THOMAS RESCHKE

Regie: PETER JORDAN & LEONHARD KOPPELMANN

Bühne & Kostüme: MICHAEL SIEBEROCK-SERAFIMOWITSCH

Musik: PETER KAIZAR

Licht: MICHAEL HOFER

Dramaturgie: ALEXANDER KERLIN

When she rebuffs him, the situation escalates. Semjon’s nose is out of joint, he gets out of bed and disappears. He wouldn’t be contemplating suicide, would he? Before long, the whole city is talking about Semjon’s plan to take his own life. Society has also set him a deadline – it will happen at noon tomorrow.

Stanislavsky is said to have laughed so uncontrollably during a rehearsal for THE SUICIDE (1928) that it had to be cut short. THE SUICIDE counts as one of the greatest comedies of the 20th century.

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