Following an uptick in ticket sales in recent weeks, the Broadway production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent has pushed back its final performance. The play, which announced a June 25 closing date last week, will now run through August 6 at the Cort Theatre.
In the week following its initial closing announcement, the play—which itself explores the resistant and resilient nature of theatre—saw an increase of $100,394 from the previous week, taking in $377,789.Rebecca Taichman won a Tony Award for her work on the production, as did lighting designer Christopher Akerlind. The play also received a Best Play nomination.
Vogel, who earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998 with How I Learned to Drive, makes her Broadway debut with Indecent.
Take a look below as cast member Richard Ropol made the announcement following the curtain call at the June 22 evening performance.
Inspired by the controversy surrounding the 1923 Broadway production of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, which depicts a love story between two women and a man questioning his Jewish faith, Indecent charts the history of the work from conception, to the indecency trial it provoked, to its hushed stagings presented as World War II loomed.
“I wanted to look back and see how vital the arts were to a Jewish immigrant population, and to a Jewish population that was almost eradicated,” Vogel recently told Playbill. “You never write a history play about the actual history. Yes, this obscenity trial happened. But it really has to do with us as Americans now. All history plays are about the present moment. I put together the strands of everything that is dividing us now.”
A number of productions will be presented across the country following the Broadway run, beginning with the Guthrie Theatre in February 2018 under the direction of Wendy C. Goldberg.
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.