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La Jolla Playhouse presents Indecent. Co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman. Written by Paula Vogel. Directed by Rebecca Taichman

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World-Premiere Play with Music

Indecent

November 13 – December 10, 2015

Co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Rebecca Taichman

In association with Yale Repertory Theatre

THE PERILOUS LIFE OF A PLAY

Indecent is a world-premiere play with music inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1922 Broadway debut of God of Vengeance — a work considered by many to be a seminal work of Jewish culture, by others, a work of traitorous libel. Alive with popular songs of the era, this deeply-moving piece charts the history of an 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.

Indecent was commissioned by Yale Rep and American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.



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Production Sponsors
Laurents / Hatcher Foundation
Righteous Persons Foundation
Drs. Edward and Martha Dennis

Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award

Meet the Creative Team

Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second Obie. Other plays include Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas. In 2004/5 she was the playwright-in-residence at New York’s Signature Theatre, which produced three of her works. Most recently, her play Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq was produced by Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, with direction by Blanka Ziska. With support from the Pew Charitable Trust, she interviewed veterans of the Iraq War and offered workshops with veterans and family members throughout the year. Her ongoing project with Rebecca Taichman, Indecent, was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre. TCG has published four books of her work: The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, The Long Christmas Ride Home and A Civil War Christmas. Most recent awards include the Theatre Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild (2011), and the 2010 William Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award. She is most honored to have two awards to emerging playwrights named after her: the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting is given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, since 2007. Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Obie for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently awarded a Thirtini, a most coveted award, from 13P in New York. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Double UCross Colony as well as Yaddo. She has taught for 24 years at Brown University and for five years at the Yale School of Drama where she was the Eugene O’Neill Professor (adjunct) of Playwriting. She is honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Quiara Hudes, who is curating the Paula Vogel Mentors Project.

Rebecca Taichman directed the La Jolla Playhouse productions of Sleeping Beauty Wakes and Milk Like Sugar. Off-Broadway credits include Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons, Women’s Project); Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando (Classic Stage Company); Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene, starring Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Heaton (Second Stage); Menopausal Gentleman (Obie Award). Regional: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (The Shakespeare Theatre); world premiere of David Adjmi’s The Evildoers (Yale Rep; Sundance Theater Lab); premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Woolly Mammoth, Helen Hayes nomination); world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius (The Huntington, IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards); world premiere of The Scene (Humana); Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House (Woolly Mammoth, 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play); Elise Thoron’s Green Violin, starring Raul Esparza (2003 Barrymore for Outstanding Direction), among others. MFA, Yale School of Drama.




Design Credits for Indecent

Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design Matt Hubbs
Projection Design Tal Yarden and Keith Skretch

Reviews of Indecent

‘Indecent’ is a moving reminder of art's power to expose truths
» LOS ANGELES TIMES

‘Indecent’ reopens the case for a work whose concerns continue to inflame and inspire.
» SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Playhouse premieres Paula Vogel's powerful ‘Indecent’
» CITY BEAT

La Jolla Playhouse Presents ‘Indecent,’ A World-Premiere Play
» KPBS

Indecent
» TALKIN' BROADWAY

“..the power of art — and specifically the power of theater — as demonstrated in Vogel's elegant script in a production of music, movement and shared memory that's beautifully staged and wonderfully acted.”
» HARTFORD COURANT

“Exquisite... Replete with freshness and vitality... imaginatively and seamlessly directed by Rebecca Taichman”
» NEW HAVEN REGISTER

“Taichman and Vogel have called attention to this remarkable and uncompromising Yiddish play, and have provided contemporary audiences with more than a glimpse of what made it so important.”
» HARTFORD EXAMINER


Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Special Event

Free Staged Reading of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance

Monday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

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. Presented in collaboration with the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. Limit 2 tickets per reservation.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Friday, December 4 starting at 6:00 pm

Join us for Foodie Fridays! Pierogi Truck and Harvest Kitchen will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

ACCESS Performances

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, November 24 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show!

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, December 5 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, December 9 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, December 6 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Behind the Scenes of Indecent at Yale Repertory Theatre




Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.