The Treasurer by Max Posner
Running: February 3-27
Showtimes: Thursday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:30pm and 7:30pm
This darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother. In the wake of her husband death Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely and fading fast. After spending a large chunk of her children’s money her estranged son is forced to take on the role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. A hit in New York City and across the country, this poetic and thought-provoking show explores the bonds and divisions of families later in life, as well the possibilities of forgiveness and change.
Directed by: Saul Elkin
Starring: Darleen Pickering Hummert, John Kreuzer, David Lundy, and Alex Watts
“[THE TREASURER] is a quiet revelation…It makes boundaries porous, creates a space that blends the mundane and the mystic, that slips between the life of the moment and the life of the mind, even obscures the border between life and whatever comes after…Posner’s play is a ravishing slow burn, with layers that quietly unpeel as the piece goes on…quite simply, a marvel.” —New York Magazine. “
“…something of a Glass Menagerie forty years on, with an unlikely but welcome touch of Neil Simon…[Posner] displays a brightly contemporary point of view with a keen comic sense.” —The Huffington Post.
Saul Elkin is the co-founder of The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York and has appeared in or directed many JRT productions. He is the founder and artistic director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and a former chair of the University at Buffalo’s Theatre Department. Coming from Jewish immigrant parents from Russia and Romania, Saul Elkin spoke both Yiddish and English growing up in New York City. He began his acting education in a small children’s theater school for Jewish children. His first show was at the age of seven, cast as the lead in a play by the founder of the Yiddish Art Theater, Maurice Schwartz. Elkin continued to work as both an actor and director for the Stage as well as Television. His acting and directing credits include over 250 theatre performances, film, television (“The Edge of Night” a soap opera in which he played a doctor), and several regional and seasonal theater companies. He holds B.A. and M.F.A from Columbia, and a Ph.D from Carnegie-Mellon University. He came to Buffalo, NY in 1969 and began teaching Theater at the University at Buffalo, where he soon became Chairman of the Theater Department in 1971-1985. He founded Shakespeare in Delaware Park in 1976 and co-founded the JRT in 2002.
Darleen Pickering Hummert
In March, 2021, Darleen reprised her role as “Miriam” in BEAU JEST in the JRT online production directed by Steve Vaughan. Other JRT roles: “Polly” (THE GREAT GOD PAN), “Mrs. Adams” (THE GOD OF ISAAC) and “Mom” (FINDING MR. RIGHTSTEIN), a live ZOOM reading. In 2020,she was honored to play Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a short play by Michael Fanelli called “Ruth” (online for Inclusive Theater of WNY). Darleen was in a reading of WITHOUT END by Michael Bihovsky (JRT/JCC Book & Arts Fair). Other credits: “Ethel Rosenberg” (ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART 2) (Subversive Theatre); roles in BUFFALO RISES, JOHN and ELLIS ISLAND SYMPHONY with the BPO (Road Less Traveled); Shakespeare in Delaware Park; Irish Classical; O’Connell & Co.; BUA; Artpark; TOY; Kavinoky; Alleyway; Studio Arena. Directing: Irish Classical and New Phoenix/ Red Thread Theatre. She is “Mrs. Fishbaum” in the film, “Bad Cupid”, starring John Rhys-Davies (on video platforms) and she is “Mrs. Mazurek” in the Lifetime movie, “Deadly Vows”. She is artistic director of Theatre for Change, now in its 32nd year. Honors include: NYSCA and NYFA playwriting fellowships, many “Artie” nominations and the 2018 Artie Career Achievement Award. Darleen is also a casting director for films and commercials with her agency, Pickering Hummert Casting. She dedicates her performance to her late husband, actor Richard Hummert. Missing you every day, Bear. She feels blessed to be playing “Ida”, having lost a dear friend to Alzheimer’s, actor Claudia Catalano.
John is beyond excited to be making his Jewish Repertory Theatre debut. He is a veteran of many local productions, most recently in Hand To God at Road Less Traveled Productions and Young Frankenstein at O’Connell & Company (Artie Nominee – Supporting Actor in a Musical). There are too many favored parts and productions to mention, and he looks forward to adding to the list. Thanks always to his family, the #KreuzerDynasty, for their endless support and inspiration.
David Lundy won the ARTIE Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in JRT’s, Sight Unseen. He has also appeared with us in Looking Through Glass, and Exquisite Potential. He is also a film actor and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and ARTA. David has performed all over Buffalo in the past 12 years, including Irish Classical Theatre, the Kavinoky Theatre, New Phoenix, Tornspace, Lancaster Opera House, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Favorite roles include parts in The 39 Steps, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lady Windemere’s Fan, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Merchant of Venice, The Crucible, Golden Boy, Sense & Sensibility, Frost/Nixon, and ICTC’s acclaimed productions of Amadeus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. He performs at various venues as Harry Truman, in the one-man-show Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! David will be seen this season in the Kavinoky Theatre’s production of The Woman In Black, and ICTC’s The Onion Game. For more information, visit www.davidlundy.com.