When you stand outside Broadway’s Cort Theatre, home to Paula Vogel’s Broadway debut play Indecent, you’ll read one thing: #ArtMatters.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive is as concerned about telling the story of Indecent as using the play as a vehicle to demonstrate the value of theatre and art. Audiences are responding in kind.
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— Miranda Cooper(berg) (@adina_chava) May 21, 2017
— Anna Wahrman (@wahrman) May 14, 2017
“You feel that every audience member is joining you,” says Vogel of the movement she has propelled through her work. “You feel every actor onstage is passionate about something you thought you only cared about.”
Vogel is not only an award-winning playwright, she is a teacher of playwrights. “I try to support them and say: 'Be fearless,'” says Vogel of the lesson she hopes she imparts to all her students. And her former student, Lynn Nottage, is also her fellow Tony nominee. “I told one of my producers that if Lynn Nottage got a Tony nomination that I felt like I had a double chance of winning, and my producer said, ‘Oh that’s nice for you.’” she laughs. Watch the full interview in the video above.