February 19 - March 9, 2020
Portland State University: Lincoln Hall

A Co-production with Profile Theatre in association with Portland State University
written by Paula Vogel
directed by Josh Hecht

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)

“beautiful stage pictures give way to quiet, devastating moments of realism”
– Dan Jakes, Chicago



Dennis Sparks Reviews: All Things Performing Arts
Bennett Campbell Ferguson: “Indecent” Journeys Behind the Scenes of a Notorious Jewish Play


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.


 Open Captioned Matinee
March 7th

 Wheelchair seating
Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.

 Digital FM hearing systems are available


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

Portland State University: Lincoln Hall

1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97201


Jamie M. Rea
Andrew Alikhanov
Mayer Balsam (Clarinet)
Michelle Alany
Nelly Friedman (Violin)
Christina Crowder
Moriz Godowsky (Accordion)


Josh Hecht
Paula Vogel

Production Team

Adin Walker
Jennie Specter
Assistant Director
Peter Ksander
Scenic / Projections Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Matt Wiens
Sound Designer
Lauren Chilton
Properties Master
Luan Schooler
Pancho Savery
Karin Magaldi
Stephanie Gaslin
Dialect / Voice Coach
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Amanda K Cole
Intimacy Choreographer
Tommy O’Flannigan
Directing Intern
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Jamie Lynne Simons
Assistant Stage Manager
Ariela Subar
Production Assistant
Rory Breshears
Sound Engineer
Alana Wight-Yedinak
Costume / Wardrobe Head
James Mapes
PSU Design / Technical Instructor


Show Sponsors

The Kinsman Foundation
The ART Guild, in Honor of Judi Wandres
Tom Gifford & Patti Fisher

Season Sponsors

Colliers International
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Nossa Famila Coffee
Regional Arts & Culture Council
The Shubert Foundation Inc.
US Bank
Wood Partners
Rafati’s Catering
Cultural Trust
Howard S. Wright
The Kinsman Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Oregon Community Foundation
Ronni Lacroute
David & Christine Vernier