From our friends at the Museum of the City of New York.
“From God of Vengeance to Indecent”
Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at the Museum of the City of New York
February 19, 1923, theatergoers witnessed Broadway’s first lesbian kiss at the
English-language premiere of the God of Vengeance, a play by the
Polish-born, Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Days later, the Vice Squad of the NYPD
arrested and successfully prosecuted the entire cast on obscenity charges.
Asch’s provocative drama and the legal controversy surrounding it has inspired
theater artists ever since. This May, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Paula
Vogel’s new play Indecent, which captures the drama surrounding the 1923
production of God of Vengeance, will premiere at the Vineyard Theater in downtown Manhattan. Join
Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, the director of Indecent, for a
conversation about the radical possibilities of Yiddish theater with noted
scholars Marvin Carlson and Joel Berkowitz.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Indecent
Rebecca Taichman, Director of Indecent
Marvin Carlson, The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre,
Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center
Joel Berkowitz (moderator), Professor of Foreign Languages & Literature
at the University of Wisconsin
and exhibition viewing to follow!
online at mcny.org/programs