Wendy C. Goldberg, the artistic director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, will direct the first post-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's Tony-nominated drama Indecent.
The newest work by Pulitzer Prize winner Vogel, which ends its run at Broadway's Cort Theatre June 25, is scheduled to play Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater February 17–March 24, 2018. The new play with music earned two Tony Awards June 11.
While discussing the upcoming production, Goldberg told Playbill, “I feel honored to return to the Guthrie to direct Paula's play in a new production. This deeply timely play speaks to the power of art in troubling time and is filled with passion, vitality, and theatricality.
“I was very moved by the piece here in NYC and the work [Tony-winning director] Rebecca [Taichman] did was stunning. It's exciting to be a part of this play's next journey and to collaborate with one of my favorite artists/humans of all time with Paula—this story needs to be told and told again.”
It will be a full-circle moment for Goldberg, whose first job following grad school was at Arena Stage, where she worked with Vogel on a commission of How I Learned to Drive and Mineola Twins.
Casting for the Guthrie run will be announced at a later date.
Director Rebecca Taichman won a Tony for her work on the Broadway production, which marked her Main Stem debut. Lighting designer Christopher Akerlind also took home a trophy, and the work was also nominated for Best Play.
Indecent began previews on Broadway April 4 following an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at downtown’s Vineyard Theatre last year.
Numerous other regional productions are slated following the Broadway run, including a production at The Huntington Theatre in Boston as well as companies in Tel Aviv, Toronto, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., and beyond.
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Indecent is inspired by the real-life controversy surrounding the 1923 Broadway production of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, which depicts a love story between two women. At the time, the reaction to Asch’s work was divided between those who considered it to be groundbreaking and by others as traitorous. The play, which charts the history of the drama and the artists who risked their lives to perform the show, is created by Vogel and Taichman, with a script by Vogel.
Indecent features music composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. The Broadway cast is made up of Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, and Eleanor Reissa.
Watch footage from the play below: