New Yiddish Rep has announced a full contemporary staging of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, the once-notorious play responsible for presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway in 1923.
The play is at the center of Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s Indecent, which played an acclaimed engagement at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Producers have said they hope to bring that production to Broadway.
New Yiddish Rep will present God of Vengeance in Yiddish with English supertitles at La MaMa December 22-January 22, 2017. The revival will officially open December 25; casting, a director and a production design team will be announced soon.
Under the artistic direction of David Mandelbaum and according to New Yiddish Rep, the production will feature several veterans of the underground Yiddish theatre scene, as well as a number of young actors who are being trained by the company to perform in Yiddish. Some of the cast will include former members of New York’s insular Orthodox communities.
The play tells the story of a brothel owner’s attempt to marry off his daughter to lead a more religious life, only to have her drawn back into the world he tried to shield her from.
The landmark show received two staged readings from New Yiddish Rep earlier this summer, directed by Tony nominee Eleanor Reissa (Those Were the Days), as part of the Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y.