On November 17, PBS continues its Great Performances series with a broadcast of the 2017 Tony-nominated Best Play Indecent. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, who earned a Tony nomination for her work, Indecent was the intimate play theatre lovers and critics alike called a must-see event.
Conceived with and directed by Rebecca Taichman, who won a Tony for her direction of the work, Indecent tells the story of a troupe of actors who decide to put on Sholom Asch’s explicit God of Vengeance first in Europe and then in New York City. A lesbian love story with Jewish characters of questionable morality, God of Vengeance was a controversial piece of theatre—one that was banned for obscenity in New York. But what is the price we must pay for valuable art?
Featuring Katrina Lenk from this season’s The Band’s Visit, the production bowed at the Cort Theatre April 18, 2017. Though short-lived, Indecent marked Vogel and Taichman’s Broadway debuts. Daryl Roth produced.
The cast also featured Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, and Adina Verson, as well as musicians Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. The production also features Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa, Zoë Aqua, Uri Sharlin, and Doug Wieselman.
Indecent features music composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, who play onstage along with cast members throughout the show.
The broadcast will air on PBS at 9 PM. Check your local listings.