by Deborah Margolin
Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue
Encore Extension: MAY 28-JUN 3
BU Lane-Comley Studio 210
MAY 28-JUN 3/2014

Nominated for two 2014 Elliot Norton Awards (Outstanding Production; Outstanding Actor, Jeremiah Kissel), playwright Deborah Margolin’s controversial new play imagines jail conversations between Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff and Solomon Galkin, a poet and Holocaust survivor. In a high moral showdown, these two Jewish men banter about women, baseball, the Talmud, human decency, kindness, and the story of Abraham and Isaac, revealing much about greed and the forces that led us to the Great Recession. The Boston Globe calls IMAGINING MADOFF “bracingly smart and engrossing.”

Reminder: due to the intimate nature of the production and limited seating, house management will not be able to seat patrons after curtain time.


“Margolin takes chances and seeks unconventional connections.” The Washington Post


Watch the IMAGINING MADOFF feature on WGBH’s Greater Boston:

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes without intermission.
Joel Colodner*

Solomon Galkin

Joel Colodner*

Solomon Galkin

Joel Colodner* (Solomon Galkin) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The Elephant Man, Three Viewings, and Indulgences. Other area credits include Glengarry Glen Ross and Mrs. Whitney (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company); The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev (The Lyric Stage Company); The Light in the Piazza (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and numerous roles with Actors Shakespeare Project. Regional credits include Streamers, Comedians, and Hamlet (Arena Stage); The Rainmaker (The Guthrie Theatre); An American Clock, Measure for Measure, and Wild Oats (The Mark Taper Forum); The Threepenny Opera (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); and The Seagull (Pittsburgh Public Theatre). Off-Broadway roles include How I Learned to Drive (Vineyard Theatre). Broadway credits include work with the Acting Company and Phoenix Theatre. Television credits include Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Eight is Enough, Highway to Heaven, St. Elsewhere, 21 Jump Street, Cagney and Lacey, and L.A. Law. Mr. Colodner earned his B.A. from Cornell University and M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. Originally from New York, he resides in Portsmouth, NH.

Jeremiah Kissel*

Bernard Madoff

Jeremiah Kissel*

Bernard Madoff

Jeremiah Kissel* (Bernard Madoff) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Twelfth Night, and Hard Times.  Area credits include The Polar Express with the Boston Pops (Symphony Hall); Invisible Man, Two Men of Florence, and The Cherry Orchard (Huntington Theatre Company); Hamlet, As You Like It, Henry V, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Three Farces and a Funeral, Henry V, and The Accident (American Repertory Theatre); and numerous productions with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company, and other theatres. Off-Broadway credits include The Last Will (The Abingdon Theater). Film and television credits include Body of Proof (ABC), The Town, The Fighter, and The Great Debaters. Mr. Kissel is recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence (2003), the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor (1990), and several I.R.N.E. Awards.

Adrianne Krstansky*

A Secretary

Adrianne Krstansky*

A Secretary

Adrianne Krstansky* (Secretary) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, afterlife: a ghost story, 2.5 Minute Ride, and Frozen. Other area credits include Ubu Rock, Britannicus, and Paradise Lost (American Repertory Theater); Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Tribes, Body Awareness, and Snakebit (Speakeasy Stage Company); November (The Lyric Stage Company); and Legally Dead and Gary (Boston Playwrights Theater).  Off-Broadway credits include 365 Plays/Days (Public Theater) and Luck Pluck and Virtue (Atlantic Theater Company). Film and television credits include Olive Kitteridge (HBO) and The Company Men.  Ms. Krstansky earned her M.F.A. in Acting at the University of California, San Diego.  Originally from Chicago, she lives in Newton. She will appear in On the Verge at New Rep this spring.

Creative Team
Elaine Vaan Hogue, Director
Elaine Vaan Hogue


Elaine Vaan Hogue (Director) is a director, actor, and teacher and returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing The Kite Runner. Regional credits include Metamorphosis (Boston Center for American Performance); The Penelopiad, Execution of Justice, and Lizzie Stranton (Wimberly Theatre BCA); Walking the Volcano (BCAP/BPT); The Road to Mecca (BCAP); Crave (Nora Theatre Company); Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution (Kansas City); Infinity’s House (Majestic Theatre); Fen (New Theatre); Creation: Mythic Weavings (Magdalena USA); and When Jennie Goes Marching (Olney Theatre). She is a member of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre and recently joined an international cyber-performance group collaborating in All the Better To See You With. Ms. Vaan Hogue serves as Program Head of Theater Arts at Boston University and will next co-curate New Rep’s inaugural Next Rep Festival in the spring.  Originally from Los Angeles, she resides in Central Massachusetts.

Jon Savage***, Scenic Designer
Jon Savage***

Scenic Designer

Jon Savage (Scenic Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after scenic designing The Elephant Man and Holiday Memories. Other area credits include M and Laughing Wild (Huntington Theatre Company); You for Me for You (Company One); The Farm and Deported (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Elliot Norton Award, Best Production); and The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Regional credits include A Grand Night for Singing (Bucks County Playhouse); State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Is He Dead (Olney Theatre); and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Bay Street Theatre). Mr. Savage was the Associate Set Designer for the Broadway production of Hot Feet and has worked in television and film for productions on the History Channel and the HBO miniseries, John Adams. He also served as a curator for the U.S. National Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. He is currently on faculty at Boston University and is a member of United Scenic Artists. Originally from Wyoming, he resides in Weymouth.

Leonard Augustine Choo, Costume Designer
Leonard Augustine Choo

Costume Designer

Leonard Augustine Choo (Costume Designer) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent design credits include A Doll House, The  PenelopiadWaiting for Godot, and House (Boston Center for American Performance). Assistant design credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) and Into the Woods (W!ld Rice Theatre Company). He has also worked for the Boston Ballet and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. Originally from Singapore, Mr. Choo received the Tan Ean Kiam Student-of-the-Year Arts Award while at the National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Overseas Arts Scholarship from the Singapore National Arts Council to pursue an MFA in Costume Design at Boston University. Currently in his final year, he will design Boston University Opera Institute’s spring production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and for his thesis, Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Tyler Lambert-Perkins, Lighting Designer
Tyler Lambert-Perkins

Lighting Designer

Tyler Lambert-Perkins (Lighting Designer) returns to the New Repertory Theatre after designing lighting for Jimmy Titanic. Mr. Lambert-Perkins spent the past six months assisting various television and theatre productions including Macbeth (Lincoln Center), The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, and The Queen Latifah Show.  He is currently completing his MFA at Boston University, finishing up his thesis on Light and Social Change and designing Columbinus (Boston University) in the spring.

Edward Young, Sound Designer & Composer
Edward Young

Sound Designer & Composer

Edward Young (Sound Designer) is a Boston-area sound designer and composer. He returns to New Repertory Theatre after sound designing Holiday Memories and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for New Rep On Tour. Other area credits include How We Got On and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Company One), The Lover, and Not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston). Recently he was a Sound Design Fellow at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. He earned his degree in Music Technology and Composition from Northeastern University. Originally from Pennsylvania, he lives in Boston.

Anna Burnham*, Stage Manager
Anna Burnham*

Stage Manager

Anna Burnham* (Stage Manager) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include Good People, Red, Quality of Life, Distracted, and Superior Donuts (New Century Theatre). New York credits include Corner Pocket (Extant Arts); Notice Me (Foglight Productions); In Paradise & She Plundered Him (Interactive Arts); and Summer Shorts Festival IV &V (Interactive Arts). She produced 6 Films and At Home with her media company, Moonlight Brunch.  Ms. Burnham earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College. Originally from Westport, Connecticut, she resides in Jamaica Plain.  After IMAGINING MADOFF, she will produce a new food show this spring.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States **member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society ***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829


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First Rehearsal

Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12pm
Attend first rehearsal to see where and how it all begins. Participate in a “Meet and Greet” with the cast, designers, crew, and New Rep staff, then stick around to hear a reading of the play.

Spotlight Symposium

Sunday, January 5, 2013 at 3:30pm
Meet the Playwright: IMAGINING MADOFF’s Deborah Margolin