Arena Stage The Mead Center for American Theater MY ACCOUNT


November 23  —  December 30, 2018

By Paula Vogel
Directed by Eric Rosen
Co-production with Baltimore Center Stage
and Kansas City Repertory

Kreeger Theater

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

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PAULA VOGEL (Playwright)’s play, How I Learned to Drive, received the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as her second Obie Award. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, A Civil War Christmas and Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq. Her play Indecent opened at The Cort Theatre in New York in April 2017. It is available on Broadway HD. TCG has published four books of her work. She teaches playwriting workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

ERIC ROSEN (Director) has been the Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre since 2008, and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre. World premieres under his direction include Venice (named “Best Musical of 2010” by TIME), Clay, Roof of the World, A Christmas Story: The Musical, M. Proust and Theater District. Other directing credits include Goodman, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, the O’Neill and Sundance. At KCRep, Rosen reimagines classic plays and musicals, including A Christmas Carol, Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, Hair: Retrospection and a punk rock Pippin, along with classics from Romeo to Death of a Salesman. Rosen produced the original production of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife and One Arm. As a playwright, his work includes Lot’s Wife, Dream Boy, Winesburg, Ohio and Venice. Rosen serves on the Board of TCG, is the Hall Family Foundation Teaching Professor of Theater at UMKC and holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University and a B.A. in performance studies from UNC.

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