7: Play preview video, “From 'God of Vengeance' to 'Indecent,'" 2017.
This video presents a joint interview with playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman (who won the Tony Award for Best Director in 2017 for her work on Indecent) about their collaboration to bring Indecent to Broadway. Comments from Edna Nahshon, Israeli scholar of Yiddish theatre, are also included, as well as scenes from rehearsals for the first New York performances of the play, at the Vineyard Theatre, an off-Broadway company where Indecent played before ending up at Broadway's Cort Theatre.
Suggested Activity: Discuss, in small groups: why do you think Vogel wanted to write a play about the trial surrounding God of Vengeance? Vogel states that “The play God of Vengeance and what happened to God of Vengeance is very pertinent to us in the 21st century in America.” What does she mean by that? Do you agree with that statement? In what ways is God of Vengeance—and the story of its production—meaningful to you, and possibly to others, today?
Source: Rebecca Taichman and Paula Vogel, "From God of Vengeance to Indecent," interview (New York: The Museum of The City of New York and the Vineyard Theater, April 2016), <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQoJ_BkAFeg>, accessed February 3, 2018.