A co-production with Profile Theatre in association with Portland State University

by Paula Vogel
directed by Josh Hecht

February 19, 2020 – March 8, 2020

PSU: Lincoln Hall


Sholem Asch’s play The God of Vengeance made a splash on Broadway in 1923, when it was shut down after six weeks of running, and all of the actors were arrested on charges of obscenity. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves scenes of Asch’s play with the imagined conversations of the risk-taking company that brought the script to the stage. Indecent is a riveting backstage drama filled with music, the history of Jewish theatre, and stage magic.


Awards for Paula Vogel

2013 Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame

1999 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award

1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (How I Learned to Drive)

1997 Obie Award for Playwriting (How I Learned to Drive)

1992 Obie Award for Best New American Play (The Baltimore Waltz)


"Has there ever been anything quite like Indecent, a play that touches — I mean deeply touches — so much rich emotion about history and the theater, anti-Semitism, homophobia, censorship, world wars, red-baiting and, oh, yes, joyful human passion?... It’s a gripping and entertaining show with laughter and tears and a real rainstorm in which two women from the marvelous 10-member cast re-enact what, in 1921, had been the first lesbian kiss on an American stage."Linda Winer, Newsday


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Cast and Production Team


Michael Mendelson +*^


Jamie M. Rea +


Gavin Hoffman +


Linda Alper +^


David Meyers +


Andrew Alikhanov

Mayer Balsam (Clarinet)

Michelle Alany

Nelly Friedman (Violin)

Christina Crowder

Moriz Godowsky (Accordion)


Josh Hecht *


Paula Vogel



Choreographer: Adin Walker *

Assistant Director: Jennie Spector

Scenic/Projections Designer: Peter Ksander

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Sound Designer: Matt Wiens

Properties Master: Lauren Chilton

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Dramaturg: Pancho Savery

Dramaturg: Karin Magaldi

Dialect/Voice Coach: Stephanie Gaslin

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Intimacy Choreographer: Amanda K Cole *

Directing/Choreography Intern: Tommy O'Flannigan

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Assistant Stage Manager: Jamie Lynne Simons +

Production Assistant: Ariela Subar

Sound Engineer: Rory Breshears

Costume/Wardrobe Head: Alana Wight-Yedinak

PSU Design/Technical Instructor: James Mapes

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media



Preview Week

Feb 19: Tech Talk Wednesday
Feb 20: Immediately following the performance stay for a talkback with civil rights advocate Emily Simon and Reed College Religion Professor Steve Wasserstrom who will discuss the play’s historical context. PLUS Vortex Music Magazine presents a Musical storytelling performance by Christina Crowder in the lobby following the talkback. 

Special Events

Feb 7: Shabbat Shirah. Profile Theatre will sponsor a concert event at Beth Israel. Michelle Alany will perform songs from Indecent as well as other folk music from different cultures. These songs make up the "Song of the Sea" portion of the ceremony.  

Feb 17 Hollywood Theatre: STAGE meets SCREEN YENTL. 
Monday, February 17 at 7:30pm

Artists Repertory Theatre’s Stage Meets Screen series, in conjunction with Indecent by Paula Vogel, presents Barbra Streisand’s romantic musical drama YENTL! 

Feb. 29: The God of Vengeance Reading at Beth Israel Beth Israel, the Q Center, and the Jewish Theatre Collaborative will team up to hold a reading of THE GOD OF VENGEANCE. Emily Simon will conduct a talkback/lecture following reading. 7pm

Mar 1: The God of Vengeance Reading at Q Center Beth Israel, the Q Center, and the Jewish Theatre Collaborative will team up to hold a reading of THE GOD OF VENGEANCE. Emily Simon will conduct a talkback/lecture following reading. 7pm

Post-Matinee Talkbacks: Discussion led by civil rights advocate, Emily Simon and special guests TBD.
Feb 23 "From Purification to Prostitution" 
Mar 1 "Whose America Is It?" 
Mar 5
Moderated by Michael Mendelson
Mar 8 Oregon Psychoanalytic Center Post-Matinee Talkback

More Info

Open Captioning 5 Open Captioned Matinee: Feb. 29

handicapped2 Wheelchair seating: Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.

audiodescribed2 Digital FM hearing systems are available.


Prep for Indecent with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deeper dive into the play with our ART MAGAZINE and STUDY GUIDE.

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