George Brown students revive Nikolai Erdman play, The Suicide

Cast promises energetic frenzy at the Young School of Performing Arts

George Brown school of performing arts students’ continue their season at the Young Centre for the Performance Arts with a production of The Suicide

The Suicide was written as a farce by Nikolai Erdman in 1928. The play is a comedy set in the 1920s that tells the story of a desperate man contemplating suicide as he is besieged by discontented characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause.

Cast member Brina Romanek described the production as “an energetic frenzy of characters trying to better themselves in a stagnant and depressing society.”

“Women during this time in Soviet Russia had very few rights allowed them, and the fact that she is the sole provider for her family, and is always trying to be hopeful thinking about the future,” said Romanek. She added that Maria is “constantly filled with hope for a better life.”
Cast as Maria Podsekalinikova, Romanek describes her character as strong and hopeful, as a newly-wed whose husband cannot work.
The Suicide will have you laughing, crying (from laughing so hard), and is one of the best experiences that students will ever have in the theatre, according to Jake Deeth, cast as Semyon Semyonovich Podsekalnikov (Maria’s husband).”As Semyon I have the pleasure of interacting with the audience a great deal. In this production, students and patrons can look forward to an inclusive experience,” said Deeth.With characters determined to achieve their goals, including the act of suicide, the production will showcase. “a frenetic hilarious adventure filled with screaming, crying, gagging, hallucinating, while also making you realize just how lucky we are to live in a democratic society,” said Romanek.

From Feb. 10-20 students can go see The Suicide at the Young School of Performing Arts in the Distillery District. Tickets are $8 for students, $20 for adults, and $15 for GBC staff and alumni.

For more information, visit youngcentre.ca.

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George Brown students revive Nikolai Erdman play, The Suicide