Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Der Selbstmörder

THE SUICIDE - Dimiter Gotscheff stages Nikolaj Erdman’s satirical comedy.

Although they’d like to have profited from the war, collectivization or privatization, they are simply men who need to make sure they keep their sinecures after the revolution. Dimiter Gotscheff celebrates these blokes, searching there for the human material that is particularly prevalent after social revolutions, independently of their political colour. In the beginning of the 20th century in Moscow, as the avant-garde and the political situation collided with each other in a way never to be seen again, author Nikolaj Erdman and his contemporaries were accurate observers of the circumstances. That is why not only Meyerhold’s staging of The Suicide’s premiere was banned in the Soviet Union in 1930. It is at the point where he ended Chekhov’s Iwanow –who from an active bourgeois life falls into depression- that Gotscheff starts with The Suicide.


With: Samuel Finzi, Max Hopp, Irina Kastrinidis, Michael Klobe, Wolfram Koch, Naomi Krauss, Sergej Lubic, Katharina Rivilis, Marie-Lou Sellem and Axel Wandtke

Director: Dimiter Gotscheff
Stage Designer: Katrin Brack
Music: Sir Henry
Light Design: Henning Streck
Dramaturgy: Götz Leineweber