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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY BRINGS TONY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF INDECENT TO BOSTON

 WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER PAULA VOGEL AND
DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER REBECCA TAICHMAN

BOSTON, MA – March 18, 2019 – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s “superbly realized, remarkably powerful new play” (The New York Times)Indecent, will make its Boston premiere featuring the Tony Award-winning direction by Rebecca Taichman, a seasoned Broadway design team and many members of the original Broadway cast. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company in a co-production with Center Theatre Group, Boston audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience this fully remounted Broadway production at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston). Performances begin April 26 and will run through May 25. Tickets are on sale now to the general public.

This remounting of the Broadway production of Indecent welcomes back many of the original Broadway company including Mimi Lieber (Act One, Brooklyn Boy, I’m Not Rappaport); Steven Rattazzi (Henry V at the Public Theater, The Tempest at Classic Stage Company);  Richard Topol (The Normal Heart, Awake and Sing!, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino); Adina Verson (The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova, Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”); and musicians Grammy Award winner Matt Darriau (The Band’s Visit, Riverdance) and Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin (The Klezmatics, The Last Ship), who is also the co-composer and music supervisor of Indecent. Joining the original cast members are Tony Award nominee Harry Groener (Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, Cats, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Tony Award nominee Elizabeth A. Davis (Once), Joby Earle (War Horse)  and musician Patrick Farrell (RIOULT Dance of NY, National Yiddish Theater) .

Indecent is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surround the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Indecent is a riveting and richly theatrical backstage drama, a fierce indictment of censorship, and a celebration of art and love. “Directed with poetry and polish by Rebecca Taichman, Paula Vogel’s Indecent thrum with music and desire, and its shrews about how art does and doesn’t transcend the perilous winds of history” (The New Yorker).

Indecent opened on Broadway at the Cort Theater on April 18, 2017 marking the Broadway debuts for both Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman. The road to Broadway included critically acclaimed runs at The Vineyard Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. The Broadway production of Indecent garnered three Tony Award nominations including one for Best Play and resulted in two wins for Best Direction of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Play for Christopher Akerlind. In addition to recognition from the Broadway League, Rebecca Taichman also won an Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Direction of a Play.

“Having Paula Vogel’s masterwork on our stage – in the hands of her Broadway collaborator, the brilliant Rebecca Taichman – is a remarkable moment for our theatre” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “What Paula has captured in the story moves the heart and sears the soul. She’s telling the story of a forgotten play – but she’s also telling the astonishing story of a people and of a complex time in our country. I’m proud that, with our colleagues at Center Theatre Group, we have recreated the acclaimed Broadway production of this piece and that Boston audiences will be among the lucky who get to see Paula’s remarkable play in its definitive staging.”

Indecent will include original Broadway choreography by David Dorfman (Our Town with Deaf West Theatre, BAM, The Joyce Theater); music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva (Theatre for a New Audience, ArtsEmerson); set design by Tony nominee Riccardo Hernandez (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Caroline or Change, Parade); costume design by Emily Rebholz (Dear Evan Hansen, If/Then, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); sound design by Matt Hubbs (Time and the Conways); projection design by Tal Yarden (Network, The Crucible Sunday in the Park with George); fight choreography by Rick Sordelet (Kiss Me Kate, Sunset Boulevard, Misery) and Tony Award-winning lighting design by Christopher Akerlind (Rocky, 110 in the Shade, A Light in the Piazza). Also returning to the production is associate director, Ashley Brooke Monroe (Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie). Production stage manager is Emily F. McMullen and stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

Paula Vogel (Playwright) a long time Massachusetts resident, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize, Lortel Prize, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, and New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas. She is currently working on three new projects, including Cressida on Top (recently workshopped at Center Theatre Group and the Goodman Theatre) and a new play commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Second Stage Theater. Lifetime achievement awards include American Theatre Hall of Fame Award, the Obie Award, and NY Drama Critics Circle Award. She is honored to have three awards dedicated to emerging playwrights in her name: The American College Theatre Festival's Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the annual Paula Vogel Award by Vineyard Theatre, and the Paula Vogel Mentor’s Award by Young Playwrights of Philadelphia. Her plays are published in six volumes by TCG Press and she teaches playwriting workshops throughout the United States and abroad. paulavogelplaywright.com

Rebecca Taichman (Director) won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for Indecent. She also received an Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Indecent written by Paula Vogel (Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, and Broadway at The Cort Theatre). Ms. Taichman has directed on and off Broadway, new plays, classics, musicals, and opera. She has worked with writers Jocelyn Bioh, Sarah Ruhl, Danai Gurira, Enda Walsh, Brian Selznick, Kirsten Greenidge, Nico Muhly, David Adjmi, and Stephen Karam, among others. Ms. Taichman has worked at theaters such as The Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She is a resident director at The Roundabout Theatre in NYC, a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. rebeccataichman.com

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org

ABOUT CENTER THEATRE GROUP

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR

WHEN
April 26 – May 25, 2019
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.

Press Opening: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7pm; RSVP online.

WHERE
Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Ticket, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

 Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors
  • $10 off: subscribers
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH INDECENT:

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After select Fri. – Sun. evening, Wed. matinee, Sat. matinee, and Sun. matinee performances throughout the season
An opportunity for audience members to discuss what they have just seen. Led by members of the Huntington staff.

ACTORS FORUMS
Thursday, May 16 after the 7:30pm performance
Wednesday, May 22 after the 2pm performance

Meet participating members of the cast of Indecent and ask them your questions at the Actors Forum, following the performance.

HUMANITIES FORUM
Sunday, May 5 after the 2pm performance

Explore the context and significance of Indecent with a leading expert following the 2pm performance on May 5.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED (ASL) PERFORMANCES
Friday, May 10 at 8pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in the orchestra, house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Saturday, May 11 at 2pm
The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Interim Co-Director of Education at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

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