ILIA VOLOK BRINGS HIS ONE-MAN SHOW,
DIARY OF A MADMAN
TO NEW YORK FOR 21 PERFORMANCES
AT THE AMERICAN THEATRE OF ACTORS, 314 W 54TH ST, NEW YORK CITY
Nikolai Gogol’s dark piece as reimagined by Ilia Volok centers on the gradual decline into insanity by Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant who yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior official. More than just unrequited love, MADMAN delves into class wars and an everyman’s quest for individuality in an indifferent urban city. Don’t be so quick to think this only happens over there.
Diary of A Madman won the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Solo Performance.
PREVIEWS: Wednesday/Thursday, October 24 & 25 at 8:00 p.m.
OPENING: Thursday October 26 and running to November 12
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday @ 8pm; Saturday @ 3:00 & 8:00 pm and Sunday @ 3pm.
Contact JMAE.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Tickets available through the American Theatre of Actors at (212) 581-3044
Ilia Volok’s life took an unexpected turn when after being a professional athlete (3rd place at the Rowing World Championship with the Soviet Union team in Italy), and on his way to become a rowing coach, he left his native Kiev, Ukraine, to attend the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School under the direction of the celebrated names of Russian theatre and cinema – Alexander Kalyagin. After graduation, with $300 in his pocket and NO knowledge of English, he emigrated to America to become a Hollywood actor.
While working a day-job as a funeral service attendant, he got cast the film, Hail Caesar, playing opposite Samuel Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Anthony Hall.
Ilia has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including Air Force One, Oliver Stone’s U-Turn, Indiana Jones 4, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Soloist, Water for Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon, Mission Impossible-4 with Tom Cruise, Abduction with Alfred Molina, directed by John Singleton, GI JOE 2 with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. TV credits include featured roles on Six Feet Under, Alias, Friends, Las Vegas, Burn Notice Undercovers, Supernatural, Closer, Chaos, and 37-episode arch as Karpov on General Hospital.
His ongoing one-man show Diary of a madman written by Nicolai Gogol and directed by Eugene Lazarev, received rave reviews. For more information on Ilia and Diary of a Madman visit www.volok-diaryofamadman.weebly.com