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Indecent History and Interesting Facts
Indecent is a new play hitting Broadway from the Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel. The play is reaching Broadway after its extremely successful and critically acclaimed experience at the Vineyard Theatre. The shows at the Vineyard Theatre were all sold out very quickly leaving fans and interested patrons clamoring for more opportunities to see the show.
Vogel’s creation, directed by Rebecca Taichman, is inspired by a controversial, true story surrounding the debut of a Broadway play many years ago. Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance made its debut in 1923 in the face of incredible controversy and uncertainty. Indecent is about the journey and circumstances surrounding Asch’s The God of Vengeance and the people involved with the play and their experiences and challenges.
Indecent opened in October of 2015 at the Yale Repertory Theatre. The show then moved on to the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California in November. During this time both Vogel and Taichman continued to modestly tweak the production to create an even deeper emotional connection with the audience. From the sunny skies of La Jolla, CA, Indecent then progressed to Vineyard Theatre which ultimately was its last stop before the bright lights and intense scrutiny of Broadway.
Indecent, a play about a play, dives deeply into issues of sexuality, religion, and culture as it profiles the story and circumstances surrounding the creation, production, and execution of the The God of Vengeance. The original play depicted Jewiish life in America in the early 20th century through the portrayal of a brothel owner desperately attempting to shield his daughter from the corrupt business run in the home in which his daughter was growing and developing.
When the original play opened in 1923 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan there was intense controversy. Many in the Jewish community were appalled and disgusted with the depiction of their culture. In fact, a prominent local figure at the time protested to the point where the cast and producer were arrested and thrown in jail. They were also put on trial for obscenity charges which subsequently led to the closure of the performance months later.
Indecent takes the audience on a deeply emotional and connecting ride that penetrates many levels and leaves patrons fully enthralled and fulfilled.
Paula Vogel wrote and created Indecent. Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for her play How I Learned to Drive. Indecent is the official Broadway debut for Vogel as she brings the scintillating love story between two lesbian women to the big stage.
Vogel is an American playwright and university professor that served as Chair of the Yale School of Drama. She earned her Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Born in Washington, D.C., Vogel is a graduate of both The Catholic University and Cornell University.
Vogel is well known for tackling sensitive and controversy stirring areas and subjects with her brilliant work. Her epic play that earned her the Pulitzer, How I Learned to Drive, explores and ponders the impact of the sexual abuse of children and incest. Vogel often zeroes in on issues such as prostitution and sexuality and claims that rather than focusing on general societal issues per se, she only writes about things that directly impact her life. Vogel sees her art as persuasive and effective when it makes people upset and draws a large portion of inspiration from her late brother Carl who died of AIDS.
Indecent promises to be a powerful and impactful presence on Broadway for a long time expressing Vogel’s outlook and view of controversial issues she embraces with brilliance.