A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

Markets go up, markets go down.  But Madoff’s returns went up, more or less.  In a straight line.  For forty years.  Who wouldn’t want that kind of security – no downturns, just growth?  No failure, no loss, no death.  It’s beautiful.

But it’s impossible. 

Alicia Jo Rabins:
A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

Written and performed by Alicia Jo Rabins 

Directed by Jessi D. Hill
Musical direction by Colette Alexander
Lighting design by Jon Harper
Co-produced with Mud/Bone Collective

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is a new one-woman show by Brooklyn-based poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse.   Performed by Rabins on violin and voice through a range of looping pedals and processors -  along with a live band -  this musical essay traces a year of obsession with Bernie Madoff to investigate the intersection of mysticism and finance, the inevitability of cycles, and the true meaning of wealth.

Alicia Jo Rabins is the creator, songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an art-pop song cycle in the voices of obscure women from the Torah.  Rabins tours internationally with Girls in Trouble and has released two critically acclaimed albums on Jdub Records;  for eight years was the fiddler of pioneering klezmer-punk band Golem;  and has toured Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department.  Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 6×6, and anthologies from NYU Press and Knopf. aliciajo.com

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is supported by a grant from the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and made possible with major funding from UJA-Federation of New York, as well as support from LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a real estate donation from Savanna. Mud/Bone Collective and this co-production are made possible in part by public funds from New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

“Melodic, spare gorgeousness” -NBC

“Gorgeous vocals” -NY Times Magazine

“Hauntingly lovely” -LA Weekly 

“Her retelling of…often scandalous, murderous tales distills them to a universal essence, so that they work as reflections of contemporary life, not just as fables.” 
-Chicago Reader