A seminal work of Jewish culture or an act of traitorous libel? Paula Vogel’s Indecent explores the origins of the highly controversial play The God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch. We follow the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it in this deeply moving play accompanied by a small live klezmer band.

Indecent reunites Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman who co-created and directed the original production. Indecent had its world première production at Yale Repertory Theatre in October 2015. The play had its New York première Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2016, and transferred to Broadway in April 2017. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best New Play received the Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play for Taichman and Best Lighting Design of a Play for Christopher Akerlind (who will also light the Menier production).

Corey English returns to the Menier to play The Middle (Male).

Beverley Klein plays The Elder (Female).

Finbar Lynch plays The Stage Manager. 

Molly Osborne returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play The Ingenue (Female). 

Peter Polycarpou plays The Elder (Male). 

Alexandra Silber plays The Middle (Female). 

Joseph Timms plays The Ingenue (Male). 

Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose other plays include How I Learned to Drive (Broadway production set for spring 2020; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), 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. Her plays have been produced across the US and worldwide.

Rebecca Taichman directs. Her credits include Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop and forthcoming Broadway run at Lyceum Theatre).

Indecent is on at MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU from 13 March – 9 May. Times: Tues – Sat 8pm; weekend matinees 3.30pm. Admission: £37.50 – £47.50. Phone: 020 7378 1713

www.menierchocolatefactory.com (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

Photo: Alexandra Silber