Theater

The Diary of a Madman

Geoffrey Rush in The Diary of a Madman
 
US Premiere
 
Feb 12—Mar 13, 2011
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
BAM Harvey Theater
 
RUN TIME: 2hrs 10min with intermission
 
 
 
 
 
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By Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by David Holman with Neil Armfield & Geoffrey Rush
Belvoir
Directed by Neil Armfield

“Geoffrey Rush is in exuberant form”
—Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) on Geoffrey Rush

Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech, Exit the King, Broadway) comes spectacularly unglued as the lowly civil servant Poprischin, driven mad by bureaucracy in Nikolai Gogol's darkly comic short story The Diary of a Madman, adapted for the stage by playwright David Holman with Rush and director Neil Armfield for Australia's adventurous Belvoir (Cloudstreet, 2001 Next Wave; Exit the King, Sydney's Belvoir St Theatre).

A burnt-out paper-pusher who ekes out a meager living in czarist St. Petersburg, Poprischin spends his days doing menial tasks, anxious and teetering on the brink of lunacy. Or is it lucidity? Immobilized by a rigid social hierarchy, Poprischin cuts adrift from reality: hallucinating a canine love affair, imagining himself well above his station, and conjuring entire realms both incredible and terrifying. Deeper and deeper he sinks into delusion, and-thanks to astonishing performances of Rush and breakthrough Australian actress Yael Stone (2011 Sydney Theater Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Diary of a Madman)-we, too, are eventually subsumed by a world in which reality is, at best, relative.

Set design by Catherine Martin
Costume design by Tess Schofield
Lighting design by Mark Shelton
Sound design by Paul Charlier
Music by Alan John (after Mussorgsky)