22 23 Season
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Presented by David Mirvish as part of the Off-Mirvish Series
October 14 – November 6, 2022
651 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Tony Award-Winning Play
In 1923, after highly celebrated and groundbreaking productions in Europe, Sholem Asch’s drama God of Vengeance finally opens on Broadway. What European audiences had found brilliant, dazzling and moving, Broadway audiences respond with shock and disgust. The entire cast is arrested and charged with obscenity. Suddenly this evocative work of Jewish culture that explores religious hypocrisy among other social issues, is a cause célèbre.
In 2015, inspired by the controversy of God of Vengeance on Broadway, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel debuts a play about this explosive moment in theatre history. Premiering at Yale Repertory Theatre, she calls her play Indecent. Combining music, song, dance and comedy, Indecent takes us behind-the-scenes to tell the true story of this forgotten controversy. The play explores the nature of theatre, anti-Semitism, censorship, politics, homophobia and true love.
Indecent is immediately praised as gripping and wildly entertaining. The play opens in New York at the prestigious off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre. In 2017, it transfers to Broadway, where its reception is the opposite to the one that greeted God of Vengeance almost a century ago, winning two Tony Awards.
In October 2022, Indecent will have its long-anticipated Toronto premiere. This Studio 180 Theatre production, directed by Joel Greenberg — the same company and director who have created such successful past Off-Mirvish productions as Clybourne Park and Oslo — will feature a cast of 10 of the country’s finest artists who will portray more than 40 characters as they bring to dramatic life this story about the transformative power of theatre.
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Featuring Matt Baram, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Jonathan Gould, Jessica Greenberg, Tracy Michailidis, Dov Mickelson, Sarah Orenstein, Emilyn Stam, John David Williams, and Laetitia Francoz-Lévesque
Stage Managed by Laura Baxter
Set Designed by Ken Mackenzie
Costume Designed by Michelle Tracey
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Projection Designed by Cameron Davis
Sound Designed by Thomas Ryder Payne
Props by Chynah Philadelphia
Gravely beautiful, quietly moving, altogether exquisite.The Boston Globe
The Ashkenaz Festival
The Ashkenaz Festival returns to Toronto August 30 to September 5, with a full slate of in-person programming!
Founded in 1995, Ashkenaz is one of the largest and most prestigious celebrations of Jewish music and culture anywhere in the world. Originally rooted in klezmer and Yiddish music, the Festival has evolved over the years into an eclectic showcase of global Jewishmusic and art, encompassing Sephardic, Mizrachi and Israeli culture, and all manner of cross-cultural fusion.
Most events take place at Harbourfront Centre and are free to the public. Nowhere else in the world does so large and diverse an audience come together to experience Jewish cultural arts. This year’s Festival will once again feature a stunning array of world-class performances, including the Yiddish opera Bas Sheve, Michael Wex’s uproarious new theatre show Last Night at Cabaret Yitesh and dozens of exciting concerts spanning an eclectic array of sounds.
For Studio 180: debut. 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: (selected) Oslo, King Charles III, My Name is Asher Lev, You Will Remember Me, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Blackbird, Stuff Happens, The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
For Studio 180: debut. Matt Baram is a proud alumnus of the legendary Second City Comedy Theatre in Toronto where he wrote and performed in six revues. He is a co-creator of the improvisational hits; The Script Tease Project, Impromptu Splendour and The Carnegie Hall Show. He is a graduate of The University of Alberta Conservatory Acting School and can be seen on stages and screens both large and small. You can catch Matt in the up-coming Netflix limited series, Painkiller starring Matthew Broderick.
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. On Broadway Jonathan appeared as Ned in School of Rock (Winter Garden Theatre/NY). Selected Theatre includes several seasons with the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Grand Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Banff Centre and 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival. Selected Film/Television: Suits, Scaredy Squirrel, Star Falls, BeyWheelz, Buck Calder Experience, Kim’s Convenience. Upcoming: Zone (Apple Studios), Essex County (CBC).
For Studio 180: King Charles III, NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows, The Passion of the Chris. Jessica (she/her) is an actor and artist educator who has worked on and off stage with Studio 180 since 2004. As an actor, she has appeared in our productions of Indecent, King Charles III, NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows and The Passion of the Chris. As the Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica creates our production study guides and lobby exhibits, runs our Studio 180 IN CLASS and Beyond The Stage programs, and contributes to Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT and AT HOME programming. She has acted on stages across Canada and the United States including Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Project: Humanity, Magnus Theatre, YPT, The Citadel, MTYP, Passe Muraille, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre New Brunswick, Willow Cabin Theatre and Theatreworks/USA. She has appeared on The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries and Being Erica as well as the animated series Fish ‘n Chips. Jessica has more than 20 years of experience as a guest artist and educator with children and youth of all ages from preschool to post-secondary, was Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival, and is the Director of Child Engagement for the Child-ish Collective. She 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: debut. Dov Mickelson is thrilled to make his Studio 180/Mirvish debut with Indecent. He’s an actor, writer and teacher based in Toronto. He toured Canada and the U.K. with Catalyst Theatre’s award-winning productions of Pootsie Plunket, Blue Orphan, and Frankenstein. Dov has written and performed original works at Rhubarb, Hatch, The Red Cabaret and Lab Cab festivals. Selected Theatre: Indecent (Segal Centre) Munschtime (YPT) Hogtown (Hogtown Collective) Bingo (Factory), Wizard of Oz (Globe), Amadeus (CanStage/Citadel), The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CanStage), The Trials of John Demjanjuk (Asylum), The Amorous Servant (Pleiades), Dying To Be Sick (Pleiades/NAC), Gladstone Variations (Resurgence) Like The First Time (One Little Goat), Winslows of Derryvore, and Right Road to Pontypool (4th line). Dov is in the award-winning feature film Lune by Aviva Armour-Ostroff/Arturo Perez and the short Found Objects (Old World films). He has appeared on tv in Baroness Von Sketch, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Wedding Season (Netflix) Finding Christmas (Hallmark), Fairyland (Nickelodeon), and The Associates (CTV).
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. Her most recent of many Film and T.V. credits is the upcoming series Station Eleven. She Is committed to mentoring young actors and directors, and to new play development. She has recently begun to explore direction in her association with Studio 180. Some credits: Shaw Festival – thirteen seasons, including Millionairess, Blithe 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: 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.
John David Williams
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).
For Studio 180: debut.
Laetitia Francoz-Lévesque is a Montreal based violinist who has been immersed in music since her childhood. Growing up in a family of musicians, she began her violin studies with her mother at the age of 6 and never stopped evolving in the artistic world. She has completed a classical formation in college, as well as a major in jazz violin. Her travels around Eastern Europe and Latin America have also enriched her musical tastes and brought her to play many different world music styles such as tango, klezmer, Algerian Chaabi, Balkan music and Quebec trad. It is Laetitia’s rich musical upbringing and diverse influences that make her a unique, sensitive, and versatile player that would be an asset to any musical ensemble. Laetitia is currently very active in the Montreal music scene, performing all over Quebec and even Europe. She plays in, as well as arranges and composes for such bands as Syroko, ZeRadcliffe Fanfare, Excavation et Poésie, LiKouri and more.
For Studio 180 Theatre: Sweat, 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: Sweat, 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: debut. Michelle Tracey is a scenographer based in Tkaronto working in the fields of theatre, opera, tv, film and events in between. She specialises in set and costume design but she also enjoys working with lighting and projections. Michelle is also a trained wardrobe technician and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions. She has worked with The Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage, University of Toronto Opera and Tapestry Opera among many other collaborations. Michelle is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to ecoscenography, intergenerational artistic exchange and the development of new sustainable working models. http://www.michelletraceydesign.com/
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.
For Studio 180: Sweat, 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.
Thomas Ryder Payne
For Studio 180: Oslo, King Charles III & My Name Is Asher Lev. Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected past theatre work includes designs for Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Soulpepper, CanStage, Tarragon, Factory, TPM, YPT, Crows, Modern Times, Aluna, BIBT, Nightwood, Toronto Dance Theatre, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, RMTC and many others. Thomas has received 4 Dora awards and 25 nominations.
Head of Props
For Studio 180: debut. Chynah Philadelphia graduated from the Performance Production Program at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2019. There she specialized in props building and design. Her work includes Set & Props Designer: D-Cup (Alumnae Theatre), Prop Designer: The Old Wolf & Sacred Trout (Arbez Drama Projects), Props Assistant: Jumbo, Cake Walk, Team on The Hills, In The Wake of Wettlaufer, Bed & Breakfast (The Blyth Festival Theatre), Head of Props: SpongeBob The Musical (Mainstage Theatre), Head of Props: Rinaldo (Royal Conservatory of Music), Props Assistant: Is God Is, As You Like It (Canadian Stage). Chynah is very excited to be joining this talented cast and crew and thanks her mentor Mary Spyrakis for all that she’s taught her.