Cast Set for Austin Premiere of INDECENT at Austin Playhouse

The production runs April 21– May 14, 2023.

By: Mar. 22, 2023
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Cast Set for Austin Premiere of INDECENT at Austin Playhouse

Austin Playhouse has announced the cast for the Austin premiere of Indecent by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel and directed by Lara Toner Haddock with musical direction by Lyn Koenning playing April 21- May 14, 2023. Tickets on sale now at

Originally produced in 2015, Indecent is the deeply moving play with music inspired by real-life events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's play God of Vengeance - considered to be a seminal work of Yiddish theatre for some, and a piece of traitorous libel by others. Indecent charts the history of the incendiary drama and the path of the artist who risked their careers and lives to perform it celebrating the love, magic, and hope of the theatre even in the face of insurmountable adversity.

The cast includes Noel Esquivel as Mayer Balsam/Clarinet, Michael Ferstenfeld as Mendel/Ensemble, Kathleen Fletcher as Chana/Ensemble, Nathan Daniel Ford as Moriz Godowsky/Violin, Babs George as Vera/Ensemble, Huck Huckaby as Otto/Ensemble, Chris Humphrey as Nelly Friedman/Accordion, AJ Clauss as Avram/Ensemble, Sarah Fleming Walker as Halina/Ensemble, and Ben Wolfe as Lemml/Ensemble.

Directed by Lara Toner Haddock with musical direction by Lyn Koenning, the production team also includes assistant director Jennifer Sturley, choreography by Adam Roberts, costume design by Diana Huckaby, lighting design by Mark Novick, scenic design by Mike Toner, and sound design by Robert S. Fisher. Additionally, Amanda Cooley Davis will join as dialect coach, Grace Ramsden as intimacy coordinator, Barry Miller as stage manager and Bernadette Nason as assistant stage manager.

The performances will take place at Austin Playhouse's new interim performance space located in the heart of West Campus at 405 West 22nd. Free street parking is available with paid parking conveniently located across the street in the Callaway House Parking Garage.


INDECENT | April 21-May 14, 2023 | AUSTIN PREMIERE

Indecent written by Paula Vogel

Created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman

directed by Lara Toner Haddock | musical direction by Lyn Koenning

April 21-May 14, 2023 | Thurs - Sat at 8:00 p.m. and Sun at 5:00 p.m. | Sun May 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Austin Playhouse (new West Campus location) | 405 West 22nd | Austin TX 78705

Tickets are $34-38; with Pick-Your-Price Thursdays and Half-Price Student Tickets are available at; group discounts are available for parties of 10+ with a pre-show party reception room available. Group inquiries can be made at

Dive into the fascinating true story of Sholem Asch's controversial play, The God of Vengeance, and the passionate artists who risked everything to bring it to the stage.

Indecent follows the journey of a small theatre company as they tell us the story of Asch's play from its origins in Poland 1907. The story about the daughter of a brothel owner who falls in love with one of her father's prostitutes, was polarizing even at its inception, with many of Asch's associates calling for him to burn it. Nevertheless, The God of Vengeance achieved great success on the stages of Europe and in the Yiddish theatre scene of downtown New York City. But when an English-translation was attempted on Broadway, the entire cast was arrested and charged with obscenity.

Age Recommendation: Ages 13 and up.

Children under 5 are not permitted.​

About Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays are produced throughout the world. Indecent opened on Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for a Tony® Award for Best Play. How I Learned To Drive received the Pulitzer Prize, Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics award for Best Play, and her second OBIE Award. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, A Civil War Christmas, and Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq. Most recent awards include the American Theatre Hall of Fame Award, the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lillys, the Thornton Wilder Prize, the OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the NY Drama Critics' Circle Award. She is honored to have three awards dedicated to emerging playwrights in her name: the American College Theater Festival, the Paula Vogel Award given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, and the recent Paula Vogel mentor's award by Young Playwrights of Philadelphia. Her plays are published in six volumes by TCG Press and she teaches playwrighting workshops throughout the United States and abroad. For more, please visit

Covid Policy: For patrons who prefer extra precautions, a "Masks Mandatory" performance is available on Sunday, April 23.

Subscriptions and Ticketing Information: Tickets are $34-38 with Pick-Your-Price Thursdays and Half-Price Student Tickets. Group discounts are available for parties of 10+ with a pre-show party reception room available. Group inquiries can be made at Single tickets on sale now at


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