Saturday, February 5, 2011

Geoffrey Rush in US Premiere of Diary of a Madman - BAM Feb 11 - Mar 12 2011

From a media release - I too, have been driven mad by bureaucracy - note the Gala info at the bottom:

The Diary of a Madman
Part of the 2011 Spring Season
Feb 11—Mar 12, 2011: Tue—Sat at 7:30pm*; Sat at 2pm; Sun at 3pm
*BAM Theater Gala: Thu, Mar 10. For more info, see the bottom of this post

US Premiere

By Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by David Holman with Neil Armfield & Geoffrey Rush
A Belvoir Theatre Production
Directed by Neil Armfield
Geoffrey Rush, Neil Armfield & Nikolai Gogol

“…a mesmerizing high-wire act of balancing outrageous comedy and overwhelming tragedy…” —Associated Press on Geoffrey Rush in Exit the King

Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Geoffrey Rush (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 the astute director Neil Armfield and 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 Rush’s astonishing performance—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)

BAM Harvey Theater
Approx 130min with intermission
Subscription & Theater Package Tickets:
• $28—76 Sat night & Sun mat
• $20—64 All other performances
• (Full price: $35—95 Sat night & Sun mat
• $25—80 All other performances)
• Prices are subject to change.

BAM Theater Gala: The Diary of a Madman
Part of the 2011 Spring Season
Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 6pm

Join us for another spectacular BAM Theater Gala to celebrate The Diary of a Madman from Australia’s acclaimed theater company, Belvoir. The evening begins at 6pm with The Russian Banquet Dinner on the stage of the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House followed by an 8pm benefit performance of Madman featuring renowned actor Geoffrey Rush. Immediately following the play, attendees are invited to partake in the Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party with the cast. Space is limited so reserve early.

Gala tickets start at $1,200. A select number of tickets for the performance (gallery seating) and Dessert Party are available for $150 per person. All proceeds benefit BAM. Please call BAM Patron Services at 718.636.4182 to purchase tickets or for further information.

Chairs: Amy W. Schulman & David E. Nachman
Restaurateur: Great Performances


  1. If you know of any available tickets for The Diary of a Madman with Geoffrey Rush, I will pay $100.0 - $150.0 cash per seat for any performance.
    Thank you.

  2. Sorry I'm a bit late in posting your comment - just got back from a road trip!