NJT continues its season with ‘Imagining Madoff’

The New Jewish Theatre will continue its 2014-2015 season with playwright Deb Margolin’s “Imagining Madoff” Jan. 22 through Feb. 8 in the Jewish Community Center’s  Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.

The play presents an imagined conversation between convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff and one of his victims, fictional friend Solomon Galkin, a poet and Holocaust survivor. The playwright initially wrote the script as a conversation between Madoff and Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (whose charitable foundation lost more than $15 million to Madoff in real life). After Wiesel objected to being included in the play and threatened legal action, Margolin created the Galkin character, but retained much of the dialogue she had originally written. 

The NJT production delves into the minds of two passionate characters whose dialogue is both powerful and shocking at times, leading to a high moral showdown between the two.

The cast, directed by Lee Anne Mathews, features Bobby Miller as Madoff, Jerry Vogel as Galkin and Julie Layton as Madoff’s unnamed secretary. Tickets are $38 to $42 and are available at newjewishtheatre.org or 314-442-3283. Subscriptions still available through the box office: 314-442-3283.