First Preview of IMAGINING MADOFF Sold Out! First Video from First Day of Rehearsal On View Now! First Responses?

We’re launched, in more ways than one! About 300 people showed up for a first preview last night in a theater that fits in only 242 standing room. So we turned away many, but hopefully folks will come back tonight for our second Pay What You Can preview, or one of the discounted previews running Saturday at 8, or Sunday and Monday at 7:30. Each preview will be followed by a post-show chat of some kind. It’s too interesting for us NOT to have a talk-back session, especially with our wonderful playwright, Deb Margolin in town.

Check out Deb’s inspiring talk with our team on the first day of rehearsals back at the beginning of August. The first video of the new season’s below. What’s fascinating is that our set is kind of mirrored by the larger surround of our first day rehearsal room, the DCJCC library. A set all about books is unveiled in a room all about books. And that spirit and meaning kind of plays out in the performing of this poetic play as well.

Here’s the video.

Let us know your reactions, to last night’s performance — and to the advent of this play finally making it back to DC, where it’s belonged all along! We’re so happy to be working on this play and sharing it with so many!


3 thoughts on “First Preview of IMAGINING MADOFF Sold Out! First Video from First Day of Rehearsal On View Now! First Responses?

  1. To Ari, Deb, and the cast and crew of Imagining Madoff— congrats! I enjoyed the second preview tonight very much. The play is very well written with wonderful textual layers that the actors performed superbly. I want to give particular kudos to Theater J for adding the video camera to the scenes with the secretary. I strongly and respectfully suggest that Deb add the video camera to the text in the stage directions so future productions can benefit from the added layer this camera brings to the story. The camera bears witness to the testimony and the secretary– so wonderfully performed by Jennifer Mendenhall– testifies on eggshells at times because of the camera’s presence. This kind of reveal of the circumstances surrounding the Madoff events/ persona juxtaposes the openness of Madoff as he speaks to the biographer/ audience. Yet, the irony is that Madoff is the public figure here– we, the people, have recorded the actual events that Madoff committed. We watched, we remember, but there are no eggshells with how Madoff talks about the events. Of course, this is also due to Rick Foucheux’s superb performance.

    As a theater educator and practitioner, I think of the text that is left after the production of a new play has ended. This is the text that will be picked up by other companies and this is the text that will (hopefully) be studied in college classrooms. If Deb adds the video camera to the text in the stage directions, it keeps the fantastically complicated layer of what it means to bear witness– recorded and perhaps archived, remembered and occurring live from one person to another.

    Also, thanks Ari for having “pay-what-you-can” options– we need it in this tough economy!

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