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Timeless Masterpiece

Indecent

  • Credits

    Playwright
    Paula Vogel

    Directed by
    Eric Rosen

    Co-production with
    Kansas City 
    Repertory and 
    Baltimore Center Stage

  • Location

    The Kreeger Theater

“ELOQUENT ... MOVING ... hauntingly Absorbing.”

– Washington Post

“Thrilling. Stirring.”

– DC Theatre Scene

Anonymous support for Indecent has been provided by a life-long Washingtonian and friend of Arena Stage.

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish 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.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

Indecent runs approximately one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.
Please be advised this production contains haze and suggestive content.

Cast

BEN CHERRY

Lemml

SUSAN LYNSKEY

The Middle: Halina / Ensemble

JOHN MILOSICH

Moriz Godowsky / Musician / Ensemble

VICTOR RAIDER-WEXLER

The Elder: Otto / Ensemble

SUSAN ROME

The Elder: Vera / Ensemble

EMILY SHACKELFORD

The Ingenue: Chana / Ensemble

MARYN SHAW

Nelly Friedman / Musician / Ensemble

ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY

Mayer Balsam / Musician / Ensemble

ETHAN WATERMEIER

The Middle: Mendel / Ensemble

MAX WOLKOWITZ

The Ingenue:Avram / Ensemble

Creative

PAULA VOGEL

Playwright

ERIC ROSEN

Director

ERIKA CHONG SHUCH

Choreographer

ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY

Music Direction and Original Music

JACK MAGAW

Set Designer

LINDA ROETHKE

Costume Designer

JOSH EPSTEIN

Lighting Designer

ANDRE PLUESS

Sound Designer

JEFFREY CADY

Projection Designer

ANNE NESMITH

Wig Designer

ZACH CAMPION

Voice and Dialect Coach

Multimedia

Photo of Susan Lynskey and Emily Shackelford, with Ben Cherry by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Ben Cherry and the cast of ‘Indecent’ by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Emily Shackelford and Max Wolkowitz by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of the cast of ‘Indecent’ by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of the cast of ‘Indecent’ by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of the cast of ‘Indecent’ by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Ethan Watermeier, Ben Cherry and Alexander Sovronsky; Susan Rome and Emily Shackelford by Tony Powell.

In The News

Washington Blade

Ben Cherry talks his juicy role in Indecent

WUSA9 - Great Day Washington

The controversial beginning of Indecent

WUSA9 - Great Day Washington

Get a taste of the music in Indecent

WUSA9 - Great Day Washington

Indecent is open now at Arena Stage

Metro Weekly

Eric Rosen is creating LGBTQ theater that matters

Washington Post

Indecent is named in 'Best of theater 2018'

Broadway World

Indecent celebrates it's opening night!

Washington Post

How Indecent, about art happening against all odds, speaks to our time

Woman Around Town

Maryn Shaw talks about Indecent at Arena Stage

Washington Post Express

How does Arena make it rain?

Tagg Magazine

The Lesbian Kiss that Changed the World

Broadway World

Ben Cherry's Journey with Indecent

Washington Post

How music fuels the drama of Indecent

NBC4

Ben Cherry talks bringing Indecent to Arena Stage

Broadway World

In rehearsal with the cast and creative team of Indecent

Broadway World

Full cast and creative team announced for Indecent

Washington Post

Paula Vogel is back at it again

Washington Post

Arena Stage looks into history for inspiration in 2018/19 season

American Theatre Magazine

Arena’s 2018-19 Season to Feature New Tom Kitt/Nell Benjamin Musical

Playbill

The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Open Captioned

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Featuring panelist Dr. Miriam Isaacs, Educator and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 8 p.m.