Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan; photo by Joan Marcus


Peter Friedman; photo by Joan Marcus


Deanna Dunagan and Pun Bandhu; photo by Joan Marcus


Deanna Dunagan; photo by Joan Marcus


Deanna Dunagan and Marinda Anderson; photo by Joan Marcus


Max Posner; photo by Zack DeZon

The Treasurer

Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Written by Max Posner
Directed by David Cromer

World premiere
Playwrights Horizons Commission

The Son
I pay for her life, my brothers and I. All of it, for years. And I want to stop paying for it.

Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. In this darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait, Max Posner chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience.


Marinda Anderson — Allen, others
Pun Bandhu — Jeremy, others
Deanna Dunagan — Ida Armstrong
Peter Friedman — The Son

Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek
Costume Design: David Hyman
Lighting Design: Bradley King
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Projection Design: Lucy Mackinnon
Wig Design: Leah J. Loukas
Production Stage Manager: Brett Anders

Design Team Bios

Playwrights Horizons commission with funds provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Leading National Theatres Program.

The Treasurer is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award


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Artist Interview: Max Posner

I wanted to write something about the past, something that required no invention, that I had to be really accountable to, that had a real grounding in reality. I am always interested in projecting– into the past, into the future, into a nearby person. And I was compelled by the kind of emotional geometry of trying to think of my father as a son.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: The Treasurer

Before our final workshop of “The Treasurer”, I board a bus to visit my grandmother. I’ve been readying the play for production, but she does not know it exists. Late at night, toiling over her favorite phrases, a fact starts bobbing: I’ve given much more time to this play than to her.


From the Artistic Director: The Treasurer

There is a reason these amazing actors and this peerless director have been so committed to this play for so long. It is a play of exceptional beauty, wisdom, and originality. I am so proud to present it to you.


Notes on Max Posner

I usually do everything I can to avoid referencing Chekhov. But as I search for a way to write about the wry, fragile, existentially troubled world of Max Posner’s plays, I find the comparison unavoidable.


Backstory: “Life as It Really Is”

Like the character Ida in “The Treasurer”, Max Posner’s grandmother ran for Albany County Clerk as the Republican-AIM candidate in 1967 (the first woman in the city’s history to do so), losing only narrowly to the Democratic incumbent after a spirited campaign.