On today’s podcast we meet again with Alex Burns, Artistic Director of Quintessence Theatre Group along with the star of their current production, Daniel Frederick. We met at the bustling LeColombe over cups of great coffee to talk about Nickolai Gogol’s “Diary Of A Madman”, adapted for the stage by David Holman, Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT THE DIARY OF A MADMAN
Nickolai Gogol’s “Diary Of A Madman”, adapted for the stage by David Holman, Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush
directed by Alexander Burns
February 13 – March 10
“brave, bold, and affecting” – The Inquirer
“funny but also moving” – City Paper
“Fredrick shines as Poprishchin” – Chestnut Hill Local
Poprishchin is a disenchanted civil servant. He is single, out of money, losing his hair, and unable to secure a promotion. In the evening he vents his frustration in his diary. Entries shift from belittling reports of his superiors, to his obsession with his boss’ daughter, to a suspicion that dogs can talk. When Poprishchin reads that the King of Spain has died without an heir, he realizes his destiny and declares himself King Ferdinand VIII.
Known for his play THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, Nikolai Gogol’s 1835 short story remains shockingly relevant and comedic. Part clown show, part social satire, part tragedy, playwright David Holman adapts THE DIARY OF A MADMAN into a masterful send up of bureaucracy and a raw account of one man’s descent into madness.
Daniel Fredrick (Cassio in Othello, Lelio in The Venetian Twins, Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, Don Juan) as Poprischin and Rachel Brodeur (celebrated for her performance as Nina in Quintessence’s The Seagull) as the women. THE DIARY OF A MADMAN’s artistic team includes costume designer Jane Casanave and lighting designer John Burkland.
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