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Alum Vogel's play heads to Broadway

October 28, 2016

Alum Paula Vogel’s newest play, “Indecent,” which had a concert reading at Cornell in April, is now headed to Broadway, according to this story in the New York Times.

The play will open next April at a Shubert theater, the story said. “Indecent,” written by Vogel and directed by Rebecca Taichman, had an Off Broadway production this year at the Vineyard Theater, following earlier productions at Yale Repertory Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse. 

Vogel was on campus in April, hosted by the Department of Performing and Media Arts, for a conversation and concert reading of “Indecent.” She also received her doctoral degree, concluding an academic odyssey that began more than four decades ago. “Indecent” served as her revised doctoral thesis.

“Indecent,” tells the story about the making of “The God of Vengeance,” a 1906 lesbian-themed drama by Sholem Asch. The play was successfully staged in Yiddish and German in theaters across Europe and in Manhattan. In 1922, the play transferred to the Apollo Theater where the production was canceled when police arrested the producer and cast for presenting an “indecent” work of art.


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