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paper chairs presents: The Suicide
The Off Center
Austin, TX
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paper chairs proudly presents Nikolai Erdman's slapstick tragedy, The Suicide, opening 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 we revamp this rare classic that employs absolute absurdity to earnestly consider what gives us the gumption to go on living.  

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday:  May 15th - May 31st
At The Off Center. 2211 Hidalgo Street.
All Shows start at 8pm. Doors open at 7:40pm.
There will be NO late seating.
The production runs approximately 2 hours & 15 minutes.
There will be a 15 minute intermission.

Featuring: Michael Joplin, Kelli Bland, Lana Dieterich, Nathan Brockett, Florinda Bryant, Frank Benge, Laura Freeman, Tony Salinas, Rachel Dendy, Steven Fay, Cassie Stewart, Jay Byrd, and Wesley Bryant

Directed by: Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta
Scenic Design: Lisa Laratta
Lighting Design: Natalie George and Jen Rogers
Costume Design: Ashley Zeh
Music by: Laura Freeman
Technical Directors: Mason Baker and Simon Ghezzi

Our online ticket sales go offline at 5pm, but we will have some walk-up tickets available.
General Admission: sliding scale $15-$25  
"Semyon Special" - $30 for premium seating and special treats during the show!
For tickets and more info, please visit:
Or call 512-686-6621

Looking for a a friendly discount?
We're offering $10 tickets on Thursdays with the online code "Tuba"

And our friends at Breaking String Theater are opening "Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall" on Friday May 2 and running for 3 weekends. As Austin comrades with Russian plays, BOTH of our companies are offering a promotion - bring your program from "Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall" to "The Suicide" (or vice versa) and receive 2-for-1 tickets! Call ahead to the box office to reserve your seats or walk-ups only! (offer not available online.)

paper chairs is fiscally sponsored by The Austin Creative Alliance. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future.  Visit Austin at
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Sorry, our sales for The Suicide are closed. If you have questions, please contact paper chairs' producer Spring Karlo at 512-686-6621.



The Off Center (View)
2211-A Hidalgo
Austin, TX 78702
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Paper Chairs
On BPT Since: Jan 31, 2012
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