His brother Boris Erdman — was a stage designer who introduced him to the literary and theatrical milieu of Moscow.
He was only fifteen when the Bolsheviks took over, and not yet twenty when he began working in the theatre in political cabaret.
His first play, The Mandate, was produced by Meyerhold in It was acceptable subject matter, as it satirized the has-beens of Soviet society, in particular the petty bourgeoisie and the admirers of Russian royalty.
Meyerhold won the contract and went into rehearsal. However, after a closed dress rehearsal before members of the Cultural Propaganda Department of the Central Committee, he was refused permission to open the play.
There are conflicting reports, but Erdman seems to have spent time in exile, possibly in Siberia.
He subsequently wrote screenplays for several Soviet films, but never again wrote for the theatre, and died in obscurity in Moscow in Nadezhda Mandelstamm was the wife of Opis Mandelstamm, a famous Russian poet who died in the Gulag concentration-labor camp.
The following excerpts are from her book, Hope Against Hope. It is strange that all of us, whether mad or not, never quite give up this one hope: The thought of this last resort had consoled and soothed me all my life, and often, at times when things were quite unbearable, I had proposed to M.
His main argument was, "How do you know what will come afterward?
Life is a gift that nobody should renounce. What will Auerbach say? Many other people thought about it, too. Not for nothing was the best play in the Soviet repertory entitled, The Suicide.Originally written in but banned by Stalin’s government for its darkly comedic subject matter, The Suicide forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.
Aug 10, · His plays, notably The Suicide (), form a link in Russian literary history between the satirical drama of Nikolai Gogol and the post- World War II Theatre of the Absurd. Early life Born to parents of Baltic German descent, Erdman was reared in Moscow.
Captured on film before a live audience from Moscow's Theatre Art Studio, Stage Russia presents an HD production of Sergey Zhenovach's masterful staging of Nicolai Erdman's classic Soviet era black comedy "The Suicide". Natives of Moscow, Russia (then the Soviet Union), he and his theatrical set designer brother, Boris Erdman, were of Baltic German descent.
Associated With. Erdman's work was influenced by the satirical plays of Nikolai Gogol and in turn influenced the post-war absurdist movement in Born: Nov 16, The Suicide.
The Russian Comedy by Nikolai Erdman Banned by Stalin in November 8, 9, 10, at p.m. Nikolai Erdman’s witty satire of lobbyists seeking political control. government of the Soviet Union was formally established. A . Nikolai Gogol’s comedy The Government Inspector premiered at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in In , Isaac Rabinovich designed the sets and costumes designs for a a production planned by director Alexei Diky at the Moscow Theatre of Drama, which was never staged.