Following a successful run on Broadway, Paula Vogel’s Tony-nominated play Indecent is heading to Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, where it will be re-imagined by director Wendy C. Goldberg. Performances will begin February 17 ahead of a February 23 opening night.
“Paula is quite simply the most generous person I have ever met. To be creating this new production with her here at the Guthrie on a thrust stage is a thrill,” says Goldberg.
Goldberg is now in her 14th season as artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. She will direct a cast at the Guthrie made up of Spencer Chandler as Moriz Godowsky/Accordion; “Ben Cherry as Lemml/Ensemble; Gisela Chípe as Halina/Ensemble; Robert Dorfman as Otto/Ensemble; Steven Epp as Mendel/Ensemble; Lisa Gutkin as Nelly Friedman/Violin; Hugh Kennedy as Avram/Ensemble; Pat W. O’Keefe as Mayer Balsam/Clarinet; Miriam Schwartz as Chana/Ensemble; and Sally Wingert as Vera/Ensemble.
Gutkin, who composed music for Indecent with Aaron Halva, returns to the show from the Broadway production. She is also the show’s music director. The creative team for Indecent at the Guthrie also includes Yehuda Hyman (choreographer), Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic designer), Anne Kennedy (costume designer), Josh Epstein (lighting designer), Kate Marvin (sound designer), Alex Basco Koch (projection designer), Jo Holcomb (dramaturg), Jill Walmsley Zager (vocal coach), Jason Clusman (stage manager), Michele Hossle (assistant stage manager), Martin Damien Wilkins (assistant director) and Adin Walker (assistant choreographer).
Indecent details some of the history behind Sholem Asch’s 1923 play God of Vengeance, a love story about two women and a celebration of art and immigrants. The play with music received its New York premiere at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 2016 before transferring to the Cort Theatre on Broadway in the spring of 2017.
The Broadway production was awarded two Tony Awards: to director Rebecca Taichman and lighting designer Christopher Akerlind. Watch footage from the Broadway staging below: