"So engrossing and philosophically lively...exquisite."
- Rollo Romig, The New Yorker
"Imagining Madoff is an outstanding piece of theatre....an excellent and intriguing play...superb acting talents."
- Marina Kennedy, Broadway World
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"Margolin’s master stroke, in fact, is to not portray Madoff as a simple sociopath."
- Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review
"As written by Deb Margolin and fluidly directed by Jerry Heymann, this is a small peek into the enormous tsunami that hit in 2008 of the largest financial fraud in U.S. history."
- Sandi Durell, Theater Pizzazz
"Beautifully written and artfully executed...Jeremiah Kissel, Jenny Allen, and Gerry Bamman are absolutely superb."
- Alan Miller, A Seat on the Aisle
"Anyone telling me that Kissel’s performance isn’t one of the absolute best on a Manhattan stage right now will have an argument on his or her hands."
- David Finkle, New York Stage Review
"Jeremiah Kissel swaggering in a power suit gleefully gives us the ballsy Madoff we desire ...Gerry Bamman is drolly commanding ...Jenny Allen is entrancing."
- Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.net
"Obie-winning Deb Margolin's brainy take on the greatest financial swindler of our times...sharply directed by Jerry Heymann."
- Samuel Leiter, Theater Pizzazz
"Bamman and Kissel have great chemistry together and succeed at creating a sense of pathos."
- Ken Kaissar, Theatre Is Easy
Check out Imagining Madoff in The New York Times
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Bernard Madoff - Jeremiah Kissel*
Solomon Galkin - Gerry Bamman*
A Secretary - Jenny Allen*
Written by Deb Margolin
Directed by Jerry Heymann
Scenic Design by Brian Dudkiewicz †
Costume Design by Kara Branch †
Lighting Design by Michael O'Connor †
Sound Design by Andy Evan Cohen †
Prop Design by Leila Ben-Abdallah †
Stage Management by Caitlyn Dominguez*
Assistant Stage Management by Emma Burns & Linda Elizabeth
Costume Assistant by Paul Haesemeyer
Casting by TBD Casting
Press Representation by Karen Greco
† indicates NLTP company member
About the Play
Imagining Madoff finds Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff in prison, determined to control his own narrative for history as he dictates to a visiting biographer stories about his childhood, his family, women, money and an all-night meeting he had with Holocaust survivor and poet, Solomon Galkin. Considered both “intriguingly exercised” (Washington Post) and “rich with dramatic tension” (Tampa Bay Times), the play explores themes of greed, willful blindness to the truth, and the beauty and danger of absolute faith, either in God or in men.
Limited Engagement following a Sold Out Run @ 59E59 Theaters
October 17 - November 9, 2019
Theatre Row on 42nd Street
Click here for more info on the original run in the spring of 2019.