Dying for It
by MOIRA BUFFINI
a free adaptation of The Suicide
by NIKOLAI ERDMAN
directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater
December 11, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Following the acclaimed American premiere of Gabriel in 2010, Moira Buffini returns to Atlantic with an adaptation of this timely and riotous Soviet era farce by Nikolai Erdman.
Dying for It is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th century classic comedy.
Cast & Creative
Time out new york
“Top-drawer comic talent!”
new york magazine
“One of the strongest ensembles I’ve seen in ages! Buffini’s sleek and tenderhearted adaptation finds big, bitter laughs! Pepe’s giddy production mixes gallows yuks with zany turns! Will you die laughing? It is very possible!”
time out new york
Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.
Photos by Ahron R. Foster