World Premiere of Lee Blessing's A User's Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff Opens Sept. 7

By Carey Purcell
07 Sep 2013

Edward James Hyland
Edward James Hyland

A User's Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff, by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Lee Blessing, opens Sept. 7, following preview performances that began Sept. 5. 

The show runs through Sept. 28 at Atlantic Stage II.

Directed by Michole Biancosino, the cast features Edward James Hyland ("Boardwalk Empire," Arcadia) as Bernard Madoff and David Deblinger ("Damages," "The Sopranos") as Verge. Eric Sutton and Polly Lee (Graceland) play residents of hell.

Here's how the show is billed: "A User's Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff has the greatest Ponzi schemer in history taken on a cynical tour of hell by his blue collar guide Verge. This hell is not quite the hell imagined by Virgil or Dante, but in Mr. Blessing's hell, a hell resembling New York City, Mr. Madoff encounters many of hell's inhabitants with scorecards just like his and the unimaginable special punishments he has earned."



A User's Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff is produced by Project Y Theatre Company.

Blesssing's other plays include When We Go Upon the Sea, A Body of Water, Going to St. Ives, Thief River, Cobb, Chesapeake, Eleemosynary and Down the Road.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting projectytheatre.org.