An artistic excommunication set on Wall Street in 2008, A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff is a mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history, as seen through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins. A hybrid of memoir and narrative fantasy, this is the story of Madoff and the system that allowed him to function for decades. Fueled by Rabins’ growing obsession, real-life interviews transform into music videos, ancient spiritual texts become fevered fantasies of synchronized swimming, and a vivid, vulnerable work of art is born from the unique perspective of an artist watching the global financial collapse up close. Originally this was a one-woman chamber-rock opera, turned nationally touring critically acclaimed musical. Ten years after the financial collapse, the questions of power, wealth and deception in American society have only grown more urgent. Director Alicia J. Rose brings Rabins’ story from stage to screen, and from past to present — maintaining the original narrative while also drawing a thread between the massively destabilizing global financial crash of 2008, and our current era of profound ethical and moral uncertainty.
Sponsored by Moses and Susan Libitzky
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