Ilia Volok’s returns to New York with his critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning one-man show, DIARY OF A MADMAN.
Ukrainie-born Ilia Volok presents Ukrainie-born Nikolai Gogol’s classic story of an oppressed worker in support of Ukrainian Volunteers.
Proceeds go to multihuman.life
Gogol’s classic story, powerfully brought to life by film and TV notable, Ilia Volok, explores – in stunning detail – the fine line between dreams and delusions and the loneliness they create. Audiences around the world have watched as Volok became an everyman plummeting into insanity over this woman until – thinking he is now the King of Spain, Poprishchin’s only destination became an insane asylum.
Volok’s deeply moving journey as Poprishchin, a clerk enamored by his boss’ daughter – who doesn’t know he is alive – from simple desire to obsession and madness has been praised across the country and across the world. Volok presented his magnum opus at Dubai’s Junction Theater,Theatre de la Huchette in Paris France, In London England at the Brunel and Sands Studio Performance spaces, in Zurich Switzerland at the Kaufleuten performance center as well as winning praise on the West Coast and “where it all began” in Ukraine-at Kiev’s Suzirya Theater&Stage 6 and at the Odessa Independent Theater
Currently in New York to film a television series, Mr. Volok decided to use this as an opportunity to present this solo work where he first premiered it in NYC, at American Theatre of Actors, one of the last great theatres of the off-off Broadway movement, Volok returns for a limited run starting Halloween weekend.
Friday – Sunday: Oct 28 – 30; Nov 4 – 6; Nov 18 – 20
(Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
The American Theatre of Actors is in midtown at 314 W 54th St, New York City. Visit: https://diaryofamadman.eventbrite.com for tickets. For further Info: 212-581-3044 or 424-272-1135, www.volok-diaryofamadman.weebly.com
Volok’s MADMAN has performed all over the world:
New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Paris, Zurich, London … even Kiev and Odessa!
“…A triumph of acting for Ilia Volok! … a performance of beauty and intensity.”
Holli Harms Front Row Center Arts
“…Volok’s finely-tuned characterization is fueled by his workhorse energy.”
Vincent Smetana, Cinesnatch
“…Fervent and heartbreaking ingenuity of Ilia Volok’s performance… “
Joanna Connolly, LTNY
“…Poprishin played masterfully by Ilia Volok..” “…Volok gives a powerful and commanding performance that this reviewer will long remember”
Willard Manus, Total Theater
“…Performed with consummate skill and precision by Ilia Volok.
…tightrope act that comes off beautifully.”
Dorian Palumbo, DramaQueens Reviews
“For a single person showcase it doesn’t get any better than this!”
Rich Borowy, ACCESSIBLY LIVE OFF-LINE
“… Keeps the audience captivated and entertained throughout. It takes a great actor to bring that type of character to life and Mr. Volok deserves to be commended for his success in doing that.”
Anthony J. Piccione OnStage Contributing Critic
“With demonic glint and flamboyant gestures, Volok certainly lives up to the title…”
Phillip Brandes, Los Angeles Times
“Volok’s commitment to his character is unimpeachable. Every glance, movement, sound, word, laugh and cry of his severely troubled tale is rendered with palpable pain as well as the innocence of truth.”
Charles E. Gerber, Splash Magazine Worldwide
“…An absolute must-see, with a performance by Volok that is so riveting that as his insanity escalates, he maintains a powerful core that never dissipates.””…This talented actor takes on the adaptation, written by Nikolai Gogol, with an intense range of emotions, both scary and, at times, surprisingly tender.”
Bonnie Priever, Examiner
“…Makes Ilia Volok’s fevered and fascinating one-man turn as Poprishin…all the more remarkable.” “…Volok delineates the delirium with a fierce yet finely modulated intensity…” “…Engaging production…” “GO”
Bill Raden, LA Weekly
“…Diary of a Madman is a bold and unique actor’s showcase and a performance well worth attending…” “…The tour de force performance delivered by Volok…” “…Unwavering devotion to the character….” “…Volok is gripping, endearing and steadfast in his role…” “…Diary of a Madman succeeds primarily due to Volok’s fully committed performance.”
Robert Lilly, LA Stage Happenings