If you loved In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, there is even much more Broadway coming your way next Friday on the 2017 edition of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Next Friday, November 17th, 2017, Great Performances l PBS will present highly anticipated airing of one of the most powerful and moving plays ever written, this year’s Tony winning smash hit play Indecent on Broadway by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel.
Filmed in front of a sold out audience during it’s final week at Broadway’s Cort Theatre earlier this summer, INDECENT is inspired by a real true event in Theater History. It follows Sholem Asch as he produced one of the most controversial Yiddish plays ever written God of Vengeance.
The actual play GOD OF VENGEANCE tells the tale of a Jewish brothel owner who attempts to become respectable by commissioning a Torah scroll and marrying off his daughter to a yeshiva student. Set in a brothel, the play includes 2 Jewish females making out in the rain, and the hurling of a Torah across the stage. The play was a triumph in Europe. However, everything changed when GOD OF VENGEANCE arrived on Broadway in 1923 at the original Apollo Theatre (which was now the 42nd Street entrance and exit to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre). Because of the one shocking onstage lesbian kiss onstage at the time, the entire company was arrested on Opening Night and the play was immediately shut down for obscenity.
This production features a breathtaking Ensemble cast featuring Max Gordan Moore as “Sholem Asch “, Katrina Lenk (Broadway’s Spider-Man On Broadway, Once the Musical, and currently starring in The Band’s Visit) as “Menke”, Adina Verson as “Rifkele”, Richard Topol (Broadway’s A Fish in the Dark) as “Lemml”, Mimi Lieber as “Esther”, Tom Nelis as “Older Asch”, Steven Rattazi as “Nakhmen”, and some very talented musicians,
Be sure to set your DVR’s and get ready to be reminded that ART MATTERS and tune in next Friday to INDECENT. Be sure to check your local listings.
Who is excited?!