Margolin is a playwright, actor, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of numerous plays, including Imagining Madoff (nominee, Helen Hayes/Charles Macarthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Turquoise, That Old Perplexity, and Bringing the Fishermen Home, as well as 11 solo performance plays which she has toured throughout the US, including 8 Stops, a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion, which takes a long, humorous, tender look at motherhood, the suburbs, the fear of death, and the inheritability of ideas. Her most recent multi-character play, Insurrection, brings an old man to the precipice of death through his memories of horror at the hands of Joseph McCarthy.
Deb has been a resident artist at Tulane, Hampshire College, NYU, USC, and many others. OBIE award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, the Kesselring Playwriting Prize, NEA, NJSCA Fellow, Edwin Booth Award, Tanne Foundation Award, and the Richard H. Broadhead Prize for teaching excellence at Yale University, where she is Professor in the Practice in the undergraduate Theater and Performance Studies Program. She is a proud alumna of New Dramatists, and lives in New Jersey, which she denies.
NEW PLAYS BY
A memory play that takes place in the present, whatever the present is in the aleatory presence of memory. It is the story of love between a daughter and her elderly father who is tormented by memories of his blacklisting during the McCarthy era; a daughter who laments the recurrence of America's betrayal of her father and of all its citizens throughout history, while being forced to confront betrayals of her own.
A disruption-of-memory play, a dramatic exploration of dimensional and experiential reality. Utilizing the Higgs boson as a metaphor, Turquoise digs into the various disturbances in human existence in order to pull forth the meanings we create and absorb each day that usually go unnoticed; the miniscule miracles! A pair of 15 year-old boys, a middle-aged man and his day nurse, and a couple in their 80s holding hands all night and desperately trying to remember the word turquoise, go tenderly about their lives while a working-class angel walks among them.