New Rep Adds Two Performances of IMAGINING MADOFF, Running thru June 3

New Rep Adds Two Performances of IMAGINING MADOFF, Running thru June 3

New Repertory Theatre announces an encore presentation of Deborah Margolin's IMAGINING MADOFF, May 28 through June 3, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre Lane-Comley Studio 210. Nominated for two 2014 Elliot Norton Awards (Outstanding Production; Outstanding Actor, Jeremiah Kissel), IMAGINING MADOFF is co-presented with Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) and is directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. Tickets are $36 and may be purchased by calling the New Rep box office at 617-923-8487 or online at Student, senior, and group discounts are available.

"We're so proud of this production," says New Rep Artistic Director, Jim Petosa, who also serves as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts at Boston University. "Margolin's substantive moral inquiry and discourse has struck a chord with the growing numbers of people who are coming to see the play."

"We're looking forward both to offering more opportunity for audiences to see IMAGINING MADOFF," says New Rep Managing Director, Harriet Sheets, "and to another of many co-presentations with Boston Center for American Performance."

In Obie Award-winning playwright Deborah Margolin's recently controversial play, we witness intriguing imagined jail-time conversations between Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Solomon Galkin, a poet and philosopher. In high moral showdown, these two Jewish men banter about women, baseball, the Talmud, human decency, kindness, and the story of Abraham and Isaac. Through them, we learn how greed helped cause the Great Recession, marking the past half-decade of American life.

New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Entering its 30th anniversary season as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season Subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep's Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

The BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE serves as the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Expanding the definition of the College as an "artistic home," BCAP is designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. Creating productions in one of our many venues, BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience. This initiative encourages interaction among professional faculty artists, alumni, students, and other affiliated artists both locally and nationally. It is the College's conviction that such collaborations will have a profound impact on the educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of new work and/or new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.


Jeremiah Kissel (Bernard Madoff) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Twelfth Night, and Hard Times. Recent area credits include The Polar Express with the Boston Pops (Symphony Hall); The 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 Theater); and numerous productions with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, and other theatres. 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 IRNE Awards.

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 ( 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 (Guthrie Theatre); An American Clock, Measure for Measure, and Wild Oats (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.

Adrianne Krstansky (A Secretary) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in On the Verge, 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.

Elaine Vaan Hogue (Director and Next Rep Black Box Festival Co-Curator) 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. Originally from Los Angeles, she resides in Central Massachusetts.

Pictured: Joel Colodner as Solomon Galkin, Adrianne Krstansky as A Secretary, and Jeremiah Kissel as Bernard Madoff. Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures.

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