August 31 - September 25 

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A Mainstage Premiere
By Deb Margolin
Directed by Alexandra Aron
Designed by Dan Covey, Lauren Helpern, Elisheba Ittoop, Deb Sivigny and Klyph Stanford

Featuring Rick Foucheux, Jennifer Mendenhall & Mike Nussbaum

The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award  winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night.  Approx. 90 minutes long with no intermission


"This is a fabulous cast; Mendenhall and Foucheux are two of the best actors in Washington, and Nussbaum is one of the best actors in Chicago" - DC Theatre Scene 

"Deb Margolin’s play is a roller coaster ride of emotions filled with passionate characters and funny, powerful, and shocking dialogue. Director Alexandra Aron has done a masterful job with her three talented cast members – as they all give exceptional and very ‘human’ performances. A triple tour de force!"  - MD Theatre Guide

"A morality tale, freewheeling and unconventional...Imagining Madoff at Theater J takes big chances...surprisingly frank...stunningly intimate"
Washington Post

"Rick Foucheux is riveting as the smarmy, unrepentent Madoff." -




Deb Margolin is a playwright, performance artist and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of nine full-length solo performance pieces which have toured throughout the US, and numerous plays, including Three Seconds in the Key, Time is the Mercy of Eternity and Bringing the Fishermen Home. Deb is the recipient of a 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2005 Kesselring Playwriting Award for Three Seconds in the Key, and the 2008 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award. In May of 2007 she traveled on a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to University of Tel Aviv to present her play Critical Mass, in a Hebrew translation. Deb has enjoyed commissions from the Jewish Museum of New York, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Actor's Theater of Louisville and more. She is currently an Associate Professor in Yale University's undergraduate Theater Studies Program.

Alexandra Aron is a New York-based director who collaborated with Ms. Margolin on the New George’s production of Three Seconds in the Key. Other productions include A Night in the Old Marketplace with music by Frank London and book and lyrics by Glen Berger, Great Men of Science No.'s 21 & 22 by Glen Berger, Out From Under It by Susan Bernfield at the Vital Theater, Karaoke at the Suicide Shack by Rob Urbinati at the Queens Theater in the Park and Eloise and Ray by Stephanie Fleishmann at New Georges.