San Francisco Playhouse and Yiddish Theater Ensemble Announce INDECENT Cast
San Francisco Playhouse announced the casting of Indecent by Paula Vogelthe first production of Playhouse’s 20th anniversary season.
The play will take place on the main stage of the San Francisco Playhouse from September 22 to November 5, 2022. Susi Damilano will direct, with musical direction by Dmitri Gaskin and choreography by Nicole Helfer. The production marks the Bay Area premiere of the critically acclaimed work, which was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play in 2017.
Indecent is based on the real events surrounding the scandalous Broadway debut of Sholem Ach‘The God of Vengeance’, considered a seminal work of Yiddish theater by some, and a treacherous piece of libel by others. With a klezmer-infused score filled with joyful song and dance, this piece traces the history of this incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the community. culturally rich that inspired its creation.
“There are few voices in the American theater like Paula Vogel‘s,” said english bill, artistic director of the San Francisco Playhouse. “Her Indecent is not only a true story about a time when art, freedom and truth were put to the test, but also an exuberant love letter to the theater. We are honored to present the premiere of this play in the Bay Area with our great friends at Yiddish Theater Ensemble.”
Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Broadway production slated 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. His plays were produced by Second stepNew York Theater Workshop, the Vineyard Theaterroundabout and Directory of the circle Company, Center Stage, Intiman, Trinity Repertory, Woolly Mammoth, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Goodman TheaterAmerican Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Berkeley Repertory and Alley Theaters to name a few. Harrogate Theater and the Donmar Theater produced his work in England. Internationally, his plays have been produced in English in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and in translation in Italy, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, in Romania, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Canada, Portugal, France, Greece, Japan, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and many other countries. Jean-Simon once remarked that Paula Vogel had more awards than a “black couch picks up lint”. Honors include induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame, Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Lily Award, Thornton Wilder Award, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Guillaume Inge prize, the Elliott Norton Prize, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the PEN/Laura Pils Award, a TCG Residency Award, a Guggenheim, a Pew Charitable Trust Award, and fellowships and residencies at Sundance Theater Lab, Hedgebrook, the Bellagio Center at Rockefeller Center, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and the Bunting. She is particularly proud of her Thirtini Award from 13P, and honored with three Awards in her name: the Paula Vogel Playwrights Award from The Vineyard Theaterthe Paula Vogel American College Theater Festival Award, and the Paula Vogel mentoring program, organized by Quiara Hudes and the young playwrights of Philadelphia. Paula was playwright-in-residence at Signature Theater (2004-05 season) and Theater Communications Group publishes six volumes of her work. Paula continues her intensive playwriting work with community organizations, students, theater companies, subscribers and writers around the world. She is the inaugural playwright-in-residence of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television Hearst Theater Lab Initiative in 2019 and has recently taught at Sewanee, Shanghai Theater Academy and Nanjing University, University of Texas in Austin and at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. From 1984 to 2008, Paula Vogel founded and directed the playwriting program at Brown University; during this time, she began an acting workshop for women in maximum security at the Institution of Adult Correction in Cranston, Rhode Island. It continues to this day, sponsored by Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Women. From 2008 to 2012, she held the O’Neill Professorship at the Yale School of Drama.
Founded by english bill and Susi Damilano in 2003, the San Francisco Playhouse was described by The New York Times as “a company that stages some of the most consistently high-quality work” and deemed “consistently adventurous” by the Bay Area News Group. Located in the heart of the Union Square theater district, the San Francisco Playhouse is the city’s premier Off-Broadway company, an intimate alternative to Union Square’s larger, more traditional theater fare. San Francisco Playhouse offers audiences the opportunity to experience professional theater with top-notch actors and world-class design in a setting where they are close to the action. The company has received multiple awards for lifetime achievement, acting and design, including the SF Weekly Best Theater Award and Bay Guardian’s Best Off-Broadway Theater Award, as well as three Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards. consecutive for Best Whole Production in the Bay Area (2016-2018). KQED/NPR recently described the company: “The San Francisco Playhouse is one of the few theaters in the Bay Area with a mission that really manifests itself on stage. ” Artistic director english billThe commitment to empathy as a guiding philosophical and aesthetic force is admirable and in living this mission fascinating things happen on stage.” San Francisco Playhouse is committed to providing a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers and theater lovers converge to create and experience dramatic works that celebrate the human spirit.
Yiddish Theater Ensemble (YTE), based in Berkeley, California, was founded by co-artistic directors Laura Shepard and Bruce Bierman. YTE is dedicated to producing the rich and rarely performed Yiddish theatrical repertoire of dramas, musicals and comedies of the past 150 years. YTE also develops new and original works by living artists through performances, readings, lectures and workshops. YTE strives to bring a contemporary and relevant approach to making the joy of Yiddish theater accessible to all audiences. Bilingual productions are in English and Yiddish with subtitles. Past productions include: the acclaimed 2021 online video production of God of Vengeance which received the 2020-2021 San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the Yiddish musical Di Megileh by Itzik feeder (2014, 2015) a Jewish Music Festival feature, and Cabaret by the Bay (2017) co-produced with KlezCalifornia. Yiddish Theater Ensemble is delighted to co-produce Indecent with San Francisco Playhouse.
*Actors appear courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States