Indecent

Pictured are Lara Hollaway and Mary Katherine O'Donnell in the play "Indecent."

The Magnetic Theatre Company is proud to present the regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-nominated play, Indecent, with performances running Aug. 2-25 at the theatre’s intimate venue in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District. 

In Indecent, an ensemble of 10 actors and musicians follow the trajectory of Sholem Asch’s controversial play God of Vengeance, the first play by a Jewish playwright to open on Broadway.

Asch’s play, which sketches out a budding romance between two young women, featuring a luminous scene of them dancing in an onstage rain, is a hit in Europe. But when it arrives in America, on Broadway, in 1923, the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. Writing from varied points of view and with a lot of humor, Ms. Vogel relates the impact this revolutionary play has on its stage manager, Lemml (Asheville actor Daniel Sandoval), acting troupe, and the audiences who witness it.

In addition to Mr. Sandoval, actors playing multiple roles are Asheville area actors Doug Savitt, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Lara Holloway, Stan Baranowski, and Daniel Moore. Asheville director, and Magnetic Theatre’s co-Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, directs. Ginger Haselden, a veteran area music director, will bring the play’s score of original and historic songs together with an ensemble of live musicians.

Playwright Paula Vogel developed this play alongside director Rebecca Taichman, blending actual text from the original God of Vengeance script, trial manuscripts, and letters to create this haunting and beautiful story. The play had a critically acclaimed Broadway run following its World-Premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre. The Magnetic Theatre is presenting the first production of the play in the region.

Indecent is based on true events surrounding the incendiary 1923 Broadway debut of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, the controversial lesbian love scene it contained, and the actors who risked their careers – and lives – to perform it.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $10 for students. All tickets are subject to a $3 ticketing fee. Visit www.themagnetictheatre.org or call 828-239-9250.

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