This spellbinding drama with music explores the firestorm surrounding the 1923 Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, and pays heartfelt tribute to the people that brought it to life. The original drama from 1907 God of Vengeance (Got fun nekome) is about a Jewish brothel owner who attempts to become respectable by commissioning a Torah scroll and marrying off his daughter to a yeshiva student. In 1923, it was translated into English, and staged on Broadway at the Apollo Theatre on West 42nd Street with a cast that included the acclaimed Jewish immigrant actor Rudolph Schildkraut. Its run was cut short after six weeks when the entire cast, along with producer Harry Weinberger, and one of the owners of the theater, were indicted – and eventually convicted – on charges of obscenity.
At PBD, Indecent is directed by J. Barry Lewis (The Little Foxes, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Arcadia, Outside Mullingar, The History Boys, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Buried Child, Our Town, Tryst, Old Times, Of Mice and Men, Dancing at Lughnasa, Talley’s Folly, The Fantasticks, The Pitmen Painters, All My Sons, Dinner With Friends, Candida, The Gin Game, Three Tall Women, Copenhagen, and many more). He is honored to be a recipient of the Richard Fallow Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre presented annually by the Florida Professional Theatres Association. He is also the recipient of five Carbonell Best Director Awards. J. Barry was recently honored by PBD with the Shelly Award, given “In recognition of exceptional commitment, support and advocacy on behalf of the Theatre.”
Palm Beach Dramaworks PBD
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West Palm Beach FL 33401