Paula Vogel's INDECENT Finds Broadway Home, Locks in Dates

By: Oct. 31, 2016

INDECENT - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre - will premiere on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), this spring, with previews set to begin early April prior to opening April 18, it has been announced by producers Daryl Roth, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and Cody Lassen, who will present the Vineyard Theatre production in association with La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre.

A new play with music, INDECENT is written by Paula Vogel, created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman.

INDECENT is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's GOD OF VENGEANCE - a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.

INDECENT was uniformly praised by critics when it debuted Off-Broadway earlier this year. The production set box office records at the Vineyard Theatre, where it played to sold-out houses throughout its run.

INDECENT marks the Broadway debut of Ms. Vogel, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998 for her unforgettable play HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, which enjoyed a long, fruitful run Off-Broadway. DRIVE was also the recipient of the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards for Best Play. Ms. Vogel's numerous works - which have been widely produced in the U.S. and around the world - include BALTIMORE WALTZ, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS and AND BABY MAKES SEVEN.

INDECENT also marks the reunion of the successful producing duo of Daryl Roth and Elizabeth McCann, who together produced an impressive run of critically-acclaimed works by Edward Albee: the Pulitzer Prize-winning THREE TALL WOMEN (1994) Off-Broadway and on national tour; the Tony Award-winning THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? In 2002. They mounted the renowned revival of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in 2005, and previously THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY and BECKETT/ALBEE, both starring Brian Murray and the late Marian Seldes.

INDECENT has choreography by David Dorfman; Aaron Halva and Lisa Gutkin are music directors and co-composers; Riccardo Hernandez is scenic design; costume design is by Emily Rebholz; lighting design is by Chris Akerlind; sound design is by Matt Hubbs and projection design is by Tal Yarden.

Rebecca Taichman has directed the world premieres of Sara Ruhl's plays STAGE KISS and THE OLDEST BOY, and will direct Ms. Ruhl's newest work HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE this spring at Lincoln Center Theater. Other recent productions of note include FAMILIAR by Danai Gurira and MILK LIKE SUGAR by Kristen Greenidge.

Daryl Roth (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; and Wit.The proud recipient of ten Tony Awards and London's Olivier Award, her over 100 award winning productions both on and off Broadway include: The Tony and Olivier Award winning Kinky Boots(Broadway, U.S. Tour, London, Toronto, Australia); Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; A Delicate Balance; The Goat or Who is Sylvia (2002 Tony); The Humans (2016 Tony);It Shoulda Been You; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); Shuffle Along; Sylvia; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; A View from the Bridge (2016 Tony); War Horse(2011 Tony); Wiesenthal; and The Year of Magical Thinking. Upcoming productions includeIndecent and Hello, Dolly.

Elizabeth Ireland McCann (Producer) Broadway productions include Driving Miss Daisy, HAIR, Equus, Passing Strange, Butley, Well, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, Copenhagen, A View from the Bridge, Dracula, Elephant Man, Morning's at Seven, Mass Appeal, Amadeus, Home, Piaf, Rose, Leader of the Pack, Stepping Out, Orpheus Descending. With Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, All's Well That Ends Well, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock Homes and London Assurance. With James M. Nederlander: My Fat Friend, Otherwise Engaged, Habeas Corpus, The Dresser. Off-Broadway: Beckett/Albee, The Play About the Baby, Three Tall Women, The Lady and the Clarinet, Painting Churches and Pacific Overtures. West End: Three Tall Women, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Unexpected Man and The Three Sisters. A 2004 inductee into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Ms. McCann is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Woman Award from the Women Business Owners of N.Y. (1981), the James J. and James Hoey Award for Interracial Justice (1981), a Special Drama League Award for co-producing The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway (1982), and the Dr. Louis M. Spadero Award from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business (1982). She is also the recipient of 9 Tony Awards.

Cody Lassen (Producer) is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant, most recently represented on Broadway by the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming. Upcoming Broadway productions include Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent and Significant Other, by Joshua Harmon and in LA Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theatres and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg


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