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The Death of Ivan Ilych

Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Donald Freed
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One of Leo Tolstoy's most celebrated pieces of late fiction, ILYCH deals with the tyranny of the bourgeois niceties, the weakness in the human heart, living without meaning, and death. Ivan Ilych has spent his life chasing after wealth and status while ignoring his family. After a minor accident, it becomes clear that Ivan Ilyich is going to die. Contemplating his life, Ivan Ilych realizes that he has lived an empty existence as he finds himself totally alone.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (2 female, 6 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“His work is a unique and fearless marriage of politics and art. I take my hat off to him.” —Harold Pinter

“[An] unapologetically political author, Donald Freed, has made a career of hunting out horror as well as humanity in an age that seems bent on self-destruction.” —Los Angeles Times

“We are in the presence of an outstanding dramatic artist, one of huge intelligence, political daring and theatrical imagination.” —The Gate Theatre, Dublin

About the Author


  • Donald Freed

    Donald Freed was awarded the 2006 Pen Drama Prize for his DEVIL'S ADVOCATE. Mr. Freed's plays, prizes, books, and films include INQUEST (directed by Alan Schneider); SECRET HONOR (directed by Robert Altman); CIRCE & BRAVO (with Faye Dunaway, directed by Harold Pinter); THE QUARTERED MAN; ALFRED AND VICTORIA (A LIFE); VETERANS DAY (with Jack Lemmon and Michael Gambon); THE WHITE CROW: EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM. Three Rockefeller Awards; two Louis B. Mayer Awards; Unicorn Prize; Gold Medal Award; Berlin Critics Award; NEA Award for "Distinguished Writing," Hollywood Critics Award; Jonathan R. Reynolds Prize. AGONY IN NEW HAVEN; EXECUTIVE ACTION (novel and film with Dalton Trumbo and Mark Lane); THE GLASSHOUSE TAPES; THE SPYMASTER (Book of the Month); IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND (with Erik Erikson, Kai Erikson, Huey P. Newton); THE EXISTENTIALISM OF ALBERTO MORAVIA (with Joan Ross); DEATH IN WASHINGTON: THE MURDER OF ORLANDO LETELIER. Donald Freed is a guest artist at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and at York Theatre Royal, York, England. He is an honorary member of the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles. Upcoming plays include THE EINSTEIN PLAN with James Cromwell in Winter 2010; 1951-2006 at the Los Angeles Theater Center in Spring 2010; and to be announced, HAMLET (IN REHEARSAL), the American premiere by York Theatre Royal. Recent publications include PATIENT NO. 1 (Broadway Play Publishing); HAMLET (IN REHEARSAL), Broadway Play Publishing; EVERY THIRD HOUSE, Penmarin Books; and AGONY IN NEW HAVEN, Figueroa Press. Mr. Freed's plays are being produced in Italy, France and England in 2010 and 2011, including THE WHITE CROW: EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM, DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, and THE EINSTEIN PLAN.

  • Leo Tolstoy

    Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and philosopher and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. His most famous works are the novels Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/1/2004
Pages 72
ISBN 9780881452365

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Originally produced by Denison College

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