Posts Tagged ‘Ari Roth’

Realizing Madoff

The new script for Imagining Madoff has many of the things that were present the first time Theater J planned its staging. Talmudic excerpts. Meditations on the New York Mets. Lapidary dialogue verging on poetry. And a hauntingly wrought Madoff character, a notorious but little-known villain through whom playwright Deb Margolin delivers a portrait of [...]

Imagining Madoff Will Open Theater J’s 2011-2012 Season

Deb Margolin's Imagining Madoff, as you probably remember, never opened the 2010-2011 season of Theater J as originally intended. The play—a freewheeling inquiry into the mind and morality of Bernard Madoff that invented a booze-soaked encounter between the disgraced financier and the humanitarian icon Elie Wiesel—was derailed after Wiesel threatened legal action against the theater, taking [...]

Ari Roth Is Unfazed by Return to Haifa Detractors

When Return to Haifa—which makes its American debut at Theater J this weekend—first opened in Tel Aviv in 2008, playwright Boaz Gaon and the Cameri Theatre found themselves barraged by protestors on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. The play's opening brought Palestinians objecting to an Israeli adaptation of a novella by one of their own [...]

Theater J’s Almost-Scandalous Return to Haifa

To Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth, the first attempt to bring an adaptation of the late Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani's novella Return to Haifa to American stages was stampeded by a "bull in a china shop." That's how Roth described Jason Southerland, his former opposite number at the Next Theatre Company of Evanston, Ill., who [...]

Will They? Won’t They? Placing Bets on Theater J and Imagining Madoff

In today's Washington Post, Jane Horwitz breaks out the theatrical tea dregs: She writes that Theater J will stage a reading of Deb Margolin's work Three Seconds in the Key as part of a series at the Lincoln Theatre next week, as sure a sign as we've seen that company and playwright are moving toward bringing [...]

David Horowitz: Enemy of Radical Islam, Lefty Professors…and Theater J?

For the second time in a year, D.C.'s Theater J finds itself on the receiving end of criticism from a real-life person who's unhappy about how he's being portrayed in a fictional play.
This spring, holocaust memoirist Elie Wiesel threatened to sue the company over Imagining Madoff, a play that involved a fictitious dialogue between Wiesel [...]

Arts Roundup: Hebrew Hulk Edition

Good morning! I spent the weekend in a synagogue in St. Louis, and then in a car for 12 hours, and then at the Hirshhorn, in exactly that order (some other stuff happened, too), so forgive me for not picking out for you the best things in the Post's fall arts preview, which I'm sure [...]

NYT on Imagining Madoff: Theater J Production Is “Indefinitely Postponed”

In today's New York Times, Patrick Healy recounts the ordeal this spring that led playwright Deb Margolin to pull her play Imagining Madoff from Theater J's 2010-2011 season. The occasion for the article? Imagining Madoff is premiering tomorrow, in revised form, at Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson, N.Y. The original version included a fictionalized Elie Wiesel, who [...]

Imagining Madoff, sans Elie Wiesel, Opens This Week in New York

We probably won't know for a while whether Imagining Madoff will return to Theater J for its 2011-2012 season. Here's what Artistic Director Ari Roth told me this spring, not long after Theater J announced it would not be staging the play after its writer, Deb Margolin, walked: "I will produce that play in September [...]

Imagining Madoff: Elie Wiesel, Theater J, and This Week’s Cover Story

D.C.'s Theater J may have backed down from placing fictionalized versions of Bernie Madoff and Elie Wiesel on the same stage, but for this week's City Paper, we were happy to place them on the same cover. Film and Theater Editor Ted Scheinman and I wrote this week's cover story, in which we reconstruct the [...]