In this fascinating fictionalized view of Bernie Madoff, delve into a history recalled from behind prison cells in an attempt to control one’s own narrative.
Why Watch Imagining Madoff
In 2009, shortly after Bernie Madoff was caught red-handed operating the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, Deb Margolin wrote the first version of this play as a series of dialogues between Madoff, a writer, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who was one of Madoff’s prominent financial victims. But when Wiesel threatened to sue, the production came screeching to a halt. It was then, Margolin reimagined a poet, Solomon Galkin, to convey a fictionalized account of Wiesel, and the result was but a stunning drama laced with an impressive amount of persuasion. In Imagining Madoff, Margolin does the imagining for you, laying thick the drama over scenes involving Madoff and Galkin, so much so, it evokes a philosophical awakening. Besides roaring performances delivered by the cast, director Jerry Heyyman’s smooth staging achieves an aura of fluidity as Madoff slips back and forth from his prison cells and Galkin.
Imagining Madoff is an encounter between a crude scoundrel and a Jewish scholar and poet. Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is behind prison bars, recounting his tale to a visiting biographer, about his childhood, his family, the women, money, and in particular, a conversation he once shared with Holocaust survivor Solomon Galkin. Fueled by Bourbon and religion, this conversation that sneaks into the wee hours of the day involves Galkin devoting hours and generous pours of Scotch in an attempt to persuade Madoff to handle his savings.
Fans of Drama | Philosophical Thriller
”Imagining Madoff is an outstanding piece of theatre.” - Broadway World
”Essentially, Imagining Madoff is an intellectual fantasia relating the Madoff scandal to themes of ethics, morality, truth, Judaism, the Torah, the Talmud, the Midrash, faith, lust, guilt, trust, suffering, and betrayal.” - Theater Pizzazz
Know Before You Go
Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance
Appropriate 12+ (Strong language). Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Assistive Hearing System
The Clurman Theater Row has a seating capacity of 99
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly
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