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Imagining Madoff


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.

The Story

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.

Good For

Fans of Drama | Philosophical Thriller

Critics Review

”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

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Preview: Oct 17, 2019
Opening: Oct 20, 2019
End: Nov 9, 2019

Show Timings

Monday - Tuesday No show
Wednesday - Friday 8 PM
Saturday 2 PM, 8 PM
Sunday 3 PM

90min with no intermission

Jeremiah Kissel
Gerry Bamman
Jenny Allen

Deb Margolin

Directed By
Jerry Heymann

Produced By
New Light Theater Project

Additional Information

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.

Wheelchair Accessible
Assistive Hearing System

The Clurman Theater Row has a seating capacity of 99

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
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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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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