The theatre department at California State University, Stanislaus is preparing to raise the curtain on their production of “Diary of a Madman” by Nikolai Gogol, reinterpreted for stage by guest artist Rush Pearson.
Written in early 19th century Tsarist Russia, “Diary of a Madman” is a short story about a Russian civil servant whose lack of satisfaction with his position and life leads him to delusions of ever-growing grandeur. The story showing his mental breakdown is unfolded through his diary entries, which at times are humorous and at others are heartbreaking.
Pearson opened the one-man show in Chicago, where it generated rave reviews.
The performance runs a quick 80 minutes with no intermission.
Shows are set for 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors, kids under 12 and CSU faculty and staff and are available online at www.csustan.edu/soa/theatretickets.html. Free parking will be available in Lot 2. View maps and directions at www.csustan.edu/maps.