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Free Staged Reading of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance

The Center for Jewish Culture and La Jolla Playhouse are hosting a special staged reading of iconic Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch’s controversial drama, God of Vengeance, in conjunction with the Playhouse’s world-premiere production of Indecent.


Still controversial nearly a century after it debuted, God of Vengeance tells the story of a brothel owner who tries to strike a deal with God to protect his daughter’s innocence. Completed in 1907 and making its English-language debut in 1922, God of Vengeance was the first-ever drama on Broadway to feature a lesbian love scene. The cast was promptly arrested and charged with obscenity, despite the fact that the play was highly esteemed in Europe and had been translated into German, Russian, Polish, Hebrew, Italian, Czech and Norwegian.

The play serves as the basis for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s world-premiere play with music, Indecent, directed by Rebecca Taichman, running November 13 – December 10 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. Alive with popular songs of the era, this deeply moving piece charts the history of Asch’s incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally-rich community that inspired its creation.

Directed by D. Candis Paule, the reading is presented in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Culture’s Straight from the Page program, a staged reading series featuring new work and classic plays brought to life by professional actors. The reading will be followed by a talkback moderated by La Jolla Playhouse Resident Dramaturg Shirley Fishman.


Monday, November 2 at 7:00 pm
in the Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center

» Learn More About Indecent


The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is San Diego’s only Jewish institution dedicated solely to presenting high quality, nationally recognized arts, culture & Jewish education programs. While a separate non-profit, it is housed at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and acts as the education and cultural arts arm of the Center. The mission of the CJC is to expand and enrich cultural life in San Diego by presenting the finest in Jewish artistic expression, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and heritage, and nurturing new creativity in the arts. The CJC offers a wide variety of multidisciplinary artistic programs that explore cultural identities and perspectives, promote cross cultural understanding, and highlight human themes of family, tolerance, compassion, and hope. Its facilities feature a 500-seat theatre, a Judaica library, an art gallery, and a community Holocaust Memorial Garden. www.sdcjc.org