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Imagining Madoff

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/imagining_madoff_20100720

A scandal involving Elie Wiesel and a play with imagined scenes between the Nobel laureate and his former money advisor, Bernard L. Madoff, has come to a kind of resolution, if not an entirely happy ending. According to an article in today’s New York Times, the original version of Deborah Margolin’s “Imagining Madoff” – whose Washington, D.C. premiere was cancelled after Wiesel exerted legal pressure – has been revised, with a new protagonist replacing the Wiesel character, and will open at the Stageworks/Hudson theater near Albany, NY this week. The redone script describes the new character, Solomon Galkin, as “80 years old, Holocaust survivor, poet, translator, treasurer of his synagogue” – although he does speaks much of the previous Wiesel dialogue. Margolin has said she envisioned Wiesel as a character in her play in order to lend an authoritative moral voice to the proceedings. (Wiesel and his wife lost their life savings and millions from their charitable foundation to Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme.)

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