Indecent to Air on PBS's Great Performances in November

Paula Vogel’s play with music won Tony Awards for Best Direction and Lighting Design.

Paula Vogel's Indecent will air on PBS on November 17 as part of its Great Performances series.
PBS will air Paula Vogel's Indecent on November 17 as part of its Great Performances series.
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Indecent will soon be coming to television: on PBS, as part of its Great Performances series, on Friday, November 17, at 9pm (check local listings). Rebecca Taichman's production of Paula Vogel's play with music was captured by eight high-definition cameras just before its final Broadway performance on August 6, with Emmy winner and Great Performances executive producer David Horn directing the production for the screen.

Vogel's work was inspired by the controversial Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's play God of Vengeance. Some saw Asch's play as a seminal work of Jewish culture, while others saw it as an act of traitorous libel. The company included Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, and Adina Verson, as well as musicians Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, and Aaron Halva. The production also featured Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa, Zoë Aqua, Uri Sharlin, and Doug Wieselman.

The Broadway production, which received a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Play, marked the Broadway debuts of Vogel and Taichman. Taichman won Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie Awards for her direction, while Christopher Akerlind won a Tony for his lighting design, and David Dorfman won a Lortel Award for his choreography. Vogel was honored by the New York Drama Critics Circle and received a Lifetime Achievement Obie.