Deb Margolin

Plays written by Deb Margolin



Imagining Madoff – (2M 1W) Deborah Margolin’s controversial new play imagines jail conversations between Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff and Solomon Galkin, a poet and Holocaust survivor. In a high moral showdown, these two Jewish men banter about women, baseball, the Talmud, human decency, kindness, and the story of Abraham and Isaac, revealing much about greed and the forces that led us to the Great Recession.

Turquoise – (5M 2W) A disruption-of-memory play. Exploring the interconnectedness of everything through disruption, this intergenerational comedy examines seven lives across a spectrum: a couple married 71 years; a middle-aged concert pianist with a brain injury and his loving day nurse; and two 15-year-old boys trying to figure their way through a timeless set of adolescent passions. According to playwright Deb Margolin, “The central metaphor of the play is the postulation of the existence of the Higgs boson. Particle physicists have newly posited the presence of an energy field said to contain and hold together the entire which could not be proven to exist except through a disruption in it. I’ve read and researched quite a bit about the Higgs boson, and something about it seemed so true in regards to human existence…The disturbance is divine evidence of the connection. The architectures of the universe, mystical though most still are, are evident in the simplest aspects of human composition, both physical and intellectual. Turquoise aims to explore aspects of this universe as they engrave themselves on the human spirit, in love, in death, in simple acts of memory and kindness.”

Deb Margolin is a playwright, performance artist and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of eight full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, as well as numerous plays, and is the recipient of a 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and the Kesselring Playwriting Award for her play Three Seconds in the Key in 2005. 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 other theaters, has lectured extensively at universities throughout the country, has been artist in residence at Hampshire College and University of Hawaii and Zale writer-in-residence at Tulane University, and served in the fall of 2000 as artist in residence in New York University’s Department of Undergraduate Drama. She was awarded the 2005 Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University, and had the honor this year of accepting the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright award. A compilation of Deb’s performance pieces and plays, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO, was published in 1999 by Cassell/Continuum Press.

Deb is currently an Associate Professor (adj.) in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater Studies Program, and a proud member of New Dramatists.