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  • The Suicide – A Russian Comedy

    final_october_04_12_no-layers_web_thNovember 8-10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
    Student Matinee: November 09 at 11:30 AM

    A Russian Comedy by Nikolai Erdman
    Adapted by: Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine
    Director: Gyllian Raby
    Russian Consultant: Larisa Brodsky
    Set Design: Nigel Scott
    Costume Design: Roberta Doylend
    Lighting Design: Ken Garrett
    Assistant Director: Dylan Sylvester
    Assistant Designer and Poster Design: Stephanie Baxter
    Music Director: Anna MacAlpine
    Movement: Trevor Copp, with Rachel Romanowski

    A classic comedy that satirizes the New society which was developing in Russia under Lenin’s New Economic Policy of 1924 – a program that many communists considered to be a step backwards for communism. A fast moving, unpretentious examination of hubris and lifestyle and its expression in style: physical poise, dress and drawl. An examination of conformity. The play is ultimately very homely in its definition of human happiness with the physicalized characters, balancing serious satire and comedy.

    Themes: big items in the human condition: love, ego, appetite, meaning of life and social convention.

    There is NO mature language or sexual content and the violence is “keystone cops” – this show is fine for youth.

    High-School teachers should read this letter about the Matinee performance opportunity (PDF, 247 KB)
    A Study Guide is available for review, prepared by Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine.

    A copy of this special new adaptation of the script is available for download here. (PDF, 120kb)

    The Suicide, By Nicolai Erdman
    Adapted by Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine
    Thanks to Larisa Brodsky.
    Royalty free with permission, 2012.
    Gyllian Raby
    Department of Dramatic Arts
    Brock University


    Director Gyllian Raby and Set Designer Nigel Scott present the concept of the set design for this innovative new production of The Suicide, seen below:

    Production images below courtesy of Naturally in Niagara. Click the link to see more of their images from our media call.

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