By Paula Vogel
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Presented by David Mirvish
May 5 – May 24, 2020
651 Yonge Street, Toronto
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY
In 1923, after celebrated European productions, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration, and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.”
A play filled with music and dance, Indecent combines the high entertainment of theatre with the heartbreak of the loss of art and culture for an entire people. An ensemble of actors and musicians portray more than 40 roles in this riveting and richly theatrical backstage drama. “Brimming with good faith” (The New York Times), this enchanting Tony Award-winning play is a testament to the transformative power of theatre that is timelier than ever before.
“Gravely beautiful, quietly moving, altogether exquisite.” – THE BOSTON GLOBE
May 5–May 24, 2020
Previews: May 5-9
Tuesday 8:00 pm
Wednesday 1:30 & 8:00 pm*
Thursday 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 & 8:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 p.m.
*No performance Wednesday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.
Approx. 100 minutes, no intermission.
Regular tickets are $50-99 and individual student tickets are $25 (use discount code STUDENT).
Prices do not include HST or service charges.
Tickets can be purchased through Mirvish Productions either over the phone at (416) 872-1212 or online.
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Cast & Creative Team
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Assistant Directed by Rebecca Gibian
Featuring Dmitry Chepovetsky, Jake Epstein, Jessica Greenberg, Tracy Michailidis, Sarah Orenstein, Jordan Pettle & Alex Poch-Goldin
Musicians Jessica Hana Deutsch, Emilyn Stam & John David Williams
Stage Manager Laura Baxter
Assistant Stage Manager Bradley Dunn
Set & Costume Designer Ken Mackenzie
Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell
Sound Designer Deanna H. Choi
Projection Designer Cameron Davis
Heads of Props Mary Spyrakis
For Studio 180: debut. Dmitry Chepovetsky has worked on stages across Canada, and in NYC. Select Stage; Tainted, Antigonick, A God in Need of Help, Cinderella- a Ratical Retelling, Enron, Sound of Music, Andy Jones’ adaptation of Tartuffe, A Craigslist Cantata, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Forests, This, Catering Queen, Creon and Remnants. Select TV/Film; Wasting Love, Departure, In Contempt, Frankie Drake, Murdoch Mysteries, Siberia, Darken, The Baby Formula and ReGenesis. He has been nominated for 3 Gemini Awards, a Dora Award, and three Jessie Richardson awards, and a winner of two Doras, and a Jessie for Best Ensemble Casts. He has also been nominated for a Jessie for his co-created piece, Bloodline.
For Studio 180: debut. Jake is excited to be back in Toronto performing with Studio 180. On Broadway, he originated the role of Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and survived a year as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Off Broadway, he starred in Straight, and on tour, starred in Spring Awakening and American Idiot. Selected Toronto theatre includes Billy Elliot (Mirvish), Therefore Choose Life (co-writer, Harold Green), Dog Sees God (Michael Rubinoff) and recently his solo show Boy Falls From The Sky (Toronto Fringe Festival- Best Of Fringe, Outstanding Production). Selected film/television: Degrassi, Designated Survivor, Suits, Mouthpiece, Frankie Drake and The Holly Hobbie.
For Studio 180: King Charles III, NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows and The Passion of the Chris. Jessica has been a Studio 180 Core Member since 2004, heading the successful IN CLASS education program for high school students for over ten years, and is currently the Director of Youth and Community Engagement. Other stage credits include Crow’s Theatre, Project: Humanity, Canadian Stage, YPT, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Passe Muraille, Citadel, Theatre New Brunswick, Musical Stage Company, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre in Port, Green Thumb, MTYP, Willow Cabin Theatre, TheatreWorks/USA, and the Manhattan Ionesco Festival. She has appeared on TV in The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries and Being Erica and voiced multiple characters for the animated series and feature film Fish ‘n Chips. Jessica holds an Honours BA in political science and women’s studies from McGill University and completed her classical acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and as an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
For Studio 180: Parade. For Mirvish: Piaf/Dietrich. For Musical Stage Company: Life After (Dora Award), Parade, The Light in the Piazza. Earlier this year, Tracy played Aurora in Eclipse Theatre’s inaugural production of Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Don Jail, for which she received a Dora nomination, and she spent the Spring touring Europe with Theaturtle’s production of Charlotte: A Tri-Colored Play. She has spent seasons at the Shaw, Stratford, and Charlottetown Festivals, and spends her time between New York City and Toronto, making some art and enjoying the views. A proud graduate of Queen’s University, Tracy is also a teaching artist who runs her own private studio and is on the faculty for both The Performing Arts Project and MTCA in New York City.
For Studio 180: Oslo, My Name is Asher Lev, God of Carnage, The Normal Heart, Stuff Happens. Sarah Orenstein started her career at the age of 5. She studied at the prestigious Vancouver Playhouse acting school and has appeared on stages from her native Halifax to the Queen Charlotte Islands. She has won multiple awards in a career spanning 50 years. She is seen on Film and T.V., commits herself to coaching young actors and new play development. She has recently begun to explore direction in her association with Studio 180. Some credits: Shaw Festival – thirteen seasons, including Millionairess, Blyth Spirit and Heartbreak House. Tarragon Theatre – Patience, Collected Works of Billy The Kid, Scorched (Canadian tour). Stratford Festival – five seasons, most recently seen in Birds of a Kind and Nathan the Wise.
For Studio 180: Oslo. Jordan has been working across the country on both classical and contemporary plays, and in television, film and radio for over 25 years. He has spent four seasons with the Stratford Festival and has worked extensively with Soulpepper Theatre (credits include: A Christmas Carol, Picture This, The Heidi Chronicles, Twelve Angry Men, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Speed the Plow). He has worked for Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre and YPT. T.V and film credits include: American Woman; Suits; Titans; The Strain; Designated Survivor; Saving Hope; Rookie Blue; Lost Girl; Murdoch Mysteries; Fugitive Pieces; Lost in Wonderland. Jordan was a regular on the CBC radio drama Afghanada (ACTRA nomination for voice performance). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Upcoming credits include: Betrayal (Soulpepper); directing Metapmorphoses for George Brown Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper).
For Studio 180: Oslo, Our Class. Alex is a Dora and Meta award-winning actor and has worked extensively in theatre Oslo (Mirvish/Studio 180), Disgraced, (Mirvish), The Dybbuk, Ma Rainey (Soulpepper) Angels In America, Harper Regan (Canadian Stage), Scorched (Tarragon), Bang Bang, Asher Lev (RMTC) and in film and television (Burden of Truth, Nurses, The Kennedy’s, Cardinal, Suits, Dark Matter, Private Eyes, The Calling) He is also an internationally produced playwright and librettist. He has developed projects for CBC, Bravo! and was a nominee for the Siminovitch Prize for playwriting. His play The Great Shadow will be produced this summer at 4th Line Theatre.
For Studio 180: debut. Jessica Hana Deutsch is an in-demand violinist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer in Toronto’s world music scene. Classically-trained and a three-time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition, Deutsch now composes “chamber folk” music for her band Ozere. She performs with many artists, including Ventanas, Beyond the Pale, Aline Morales, the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, Moneka Arabic Jazz and Aviva Chernick. She plays fiddle in the Mirvish production “Come From Away.”
For Studio 180: debut. Emilyn Stam is an Ontario-based fiddler, pianist and accordionist who creates, performs, records and teaches in folk, trad, and neo-trad styles from Europe and Canada. Her unique style is largely influenced by her mentor, the late Oliver Schroer. She has toured throughout Canada and Europe with The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Filippo Gambetta (accordionist from Italy), John David Williams, and more. She regularly crosses over into other art forms, collaborating with improvising clowns, theatre groups, contemporary dancers and poets. In 2013 she co-founded Balfolk Toronto, a movement of social folk dancing in Toronto which hosts weekly dance evenings with live music jams and larger ‘bals’ featuring international performers throughout the year. In 2018 she started Canada’s first “Balfolk” Festival, The Big Branch, featuring performers from Europe set in rural Ontario. Her duo with John David Williams will be releasing an album of original and traditional music for dancing, titled “Honeywood”, in Spring 2020.
For Studio 180: debut. John David Williams is a clarinettist based in Ontario. After studying classical music with the late world renowned clarinetist Avrahm Galper and at the University of Toronto, John began his own exploration of improvisation, composition, traditional jazz, klezmer, and folk dance traditions of Western Europe. He has played mostly with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything, his duo with Emilyn Stam, and his own band The Boxcar Boys. He has performed in China, Australia, throughout Europe, USA, and across Canada and can be heard on many acclaimed and award winning recordings (including LBO’s Juno nominated albums Lume, Lume and Moorka, The Opposites’ Canadian Folk Music Award winning self-titled album, and three releases that predominantly feature his own compositions by The Boxcar Boys).
A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed and/or choreographed more than 100 professional productions across Canada in the past 40 years. For Studio 180 he has directed and co-produced The Laramie Project, The Passion of the Chris, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Overwhelming, Parade, Our Class, The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park, Cock, NSFW, You Will Remember Me, and My Night with Reg. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the chair of each theatre department (at Humber for five years, and UW for nine).
For Studio 180: debut. Rebecca Gibian is a theatre artist working a variety of theatrical roles both on and off the stage. A graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School in 2015, she is so grateful to Studio 180 for the opportunity to continue to hone her skills as a director. A bilingual Montrealer, and now a newer Torontonian, she has had the pleasure of working in Quebec and Ontario, in both official languages. She recently assistant directed Measure for Measure with Repercussion Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in Montreal and The Wolves with Howland and Crow’s Theatre in Toronto. She has also adapted and directed workshops and readings through her company Black Ink Collective, a collective she co-founded dedicated to showcasing a wider variety of stories. Recent acting credits include Paradise Lost at the Centaur Theatre, Clean Slate at Talisman Theatre (META award for outstanding ensemble,) and two seasons at the Shaw Festival. Rebecca directed a staged reading of her first play BIRDS, and is currently developing her second play.
Paula Vogel has written How I Learned To Drive (Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and many more.) Other plays include A Civil War Christmas, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, Hot ‘N’ Throbbin, The Baltimore Waltz, Desdemona, And The Baby Make Seven, and The Oldest Profession. Her plays have been produced by Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, the Vineyard Theatre, Roundabout, and Circle Repertory Company. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country at the Center Stage, Intiman, Trinity Repertory, Woolly Mammoth, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Berkeley Repertory, and Alley Theatres to name a few. Harrogate Theatre and the Donmar Theatre have produced her work in England. Her plays have been produced in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand as well as translated and produced in Italy, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, Romania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland Slovenia, Canada, Portugal, France, Greece, Japanese, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and other countries.
For Studio 180 Theatre: Oslo, My Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park. Other selected theatre credits: Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Actually (Obsidian/ Harold Green), The Story, Tails From the City, Happy Days (Common Boots Theatre), Trout Stanley, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), I Call myself Princess (Cahoots/Paper Canoe/Native Earth), Sweat, Love and Information, Venus in Fur, 7 seasons of Shakespeare in High Park (CanadianStage), Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre), The Berlin Blues, Ipperwash (Blyth Festival), Speaking in Tongues, Festen (The Company Theatre), A Christmas Carol, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre). Laura is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, 2005. Thank you to my amazing wife Shawn for all your love and support.
For Studio 180: King Charles III, My Name is Asher Lev, My Night with Reg, You Will Remember Me. Select Theatre Credits: Chicago (Globe Theatre); Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish Productions); The Baroness and the Pig, Henry V (Shaw Festival); Mixie and the Halfbreeds (fu-GEN Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, A Grand Time in the Rapids (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Buying the Moose (Port Stanley); The Wizard of Oz (The Grand Theatre); The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple (Soulpepper); It’s A Wonderful Life (Theatre Aquarius). Other: Bradley is a graduate of the McMaster University and Sheridan College. Thanks to family and friends for their constant support.
For Studio 180: Oslo. Ken is a set and costume designer, actor, director, and resident artist at Soulpepper. For Soulpepper⎯Costume Designer: Bed and Breakfast; Lighting Designer: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Peter Pan (with Bad Hats), The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; Performer & Production Designer: (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song; Set & Lighting Designer: Spoon River, The Just, Cowboy Versus Samurai, The Heidi Chronicles; Co-Creator: Alligator Pie; Set & Costume Designer: Animal Farm, Kim’s Convenience, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Set Designer: The 39 Steps, Bedroom Farce, The Norman Conquests, Oh What a Lovely War. Other theatre⎯Set Designer: Angels in America (Arts Club); Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy.
For Studio 180: (selected) My Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, God of Carnage, Stuff Happens. Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance and is thrilled to be working with Studio 180 once again. Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Tapestry Opera, Hamilton Opera, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts among many others. She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards and has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a`Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award.
Deanna H. Choi creates original music, sonic environments, and sound reinforcement systems for stage, screen, and research. She has worked with theatre companies across Canada from Theatre Calgary to Neptune in Halifax. Recent credits include Between Riverside and Crazy (Coal Mine Theatre); August: Osage County (Soulpepper); Let’s Run Away (Canadian Stage/ReWork); The Horse and His Boy (Shaw Festival); Three Women of Swatow (Tarragon). She graduated from Queen’s University (neuroscience) and the Royal Conservatory of Music (violin performance), and completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, MediaSound Hamburg, Stanford University, the National Arts Centre, and NYO Canada. www.splitbrainsound.com
For Studio 180: Oslo. Projection design credits include: The Magician’s Nephew, Dracula, You Never Can Tell, Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Productions); The Enchanted Loom, Ultrasound (Cahoots Theatre); Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria); Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times/Canadian tour); Domesticated (Company Theatre); Life, Death and the Blues, Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille); Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre); Yukonstyle, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Feng Yi Ting (Luminato Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA); Dance Marathon (bluemouth inc). Lighting design credits include: How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep Theatre); They Say He Fell, Birth (Pandemic Theatre). Cameron teaches projection design at the National Theatre School of Canada.
By Paula Vogel
May 5—May 24, 2020
Wednesday matinées: May 13 & 20 at 1:30 p.m.
651 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9
Student group rate: $20 (student groups of 10+, 1 complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students)
Recommended for: Grades 9-12
Perfect for: Drama, Music, English, Writer’s Craft, History, Politics, World Religions, LGBTQ2S+ and Genocide Studies
Content Warning: Includes some strong language, violence and sexual content. Please contact us to request a reading copy of the script.
Running Time: Approximately 100 minutes, no intermission.
Study Guide Coming Soon!
In 1923, Sholem Asch’s celebrated drama God of Vengeance completed its journey from Eastern Europe and New York’s Lower East Side when it premiered on Broadway, inciting controversy amongst Jews and non-Jews alike. The evocative work was both praised and criticized for taboo themes, and the company arrested and imprisoned. Inspired by true events, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed indecent.
Complex themes of censorship, homophobia, anti-Semitism and genocide are illuminated in this acclaimed play brimming with music and theatricality as a stellar cast of seven actors portray multiple characters across four decades. The result is a poignant drama that delves into history while illuminating contemporary questions about immigration, freedom, language, culture and the importance of telling our stories.
“Gravely beautiful, quietly moving, altogether exquisite.”
– THE BOSTON GLOBE
Your experience at the theatre includes…
- A comprehensive study guide complete with background information and pre- and post-show discussion questions and activities
- A talkback with cast members
- Complimentary teacher tickets