MEMPHIS, TN – Jan. 8, 2020 – Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with Friends of Facing History and Ourselves, Karen McCarthy and sponsor, Dr. Thomas Ratliff presents “Indecent,” a work by Paula Vogel Jan. 24-Feb. 16 at The Circuit Playhouse.
In 1923, a Jewish theatre troupe produced a controversial play on Broadway that led to the entire company being arrested on the grounds of obscenity. Playwright, Paula Vogel, recounts the controversy surrounding this play and the lives of the actors who created it. “Indecent” questions the fear of love, the joy of making art, and the courage to do so during the rise of Nazism.
This harrowing and ultimately triumphant story is directed by multi-time Ostrander Winner and Resident Company Member, Dave Landis (Kinky Boots, Cabaret). Teaming with Landis is Resident Company Member and choreographer, Daniel Stuart Nelson (“Kinky Boots,” “Tuck Everlasting”). “Indecent’s” ensemble consists of Playhouse on the Square associate company members Isaiah Rosales as Lemmi, Hope Elizabeth Schafer as Chana, and Donald Sutton as Avram.
Memphis theatre favorites Eileen Peterson, Mark Pergolizzi, and Rebecca Johnson return to The Circuit Playhouse Stage, portraying the roles of Halina, Otto, and Vera. Jason Spitzer returns to Playhouse on the Square as Mendel.
“Indecent’s” story is told through narrative dialogue, movement, and live music with musicians Tammy Holt, Nathan Nix, and Brent Strauss.
*Playhouse on the Square’s production of “Indecent” will run in conjunction with NJFT Holocaust Remembrance Days
Performances will run 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee Sundays.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 901-726-4656 or visit www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Group rates are also available. Special ticket pricing is set for opening weekend at $27.
The Pay What You Can performance, sponsored by Arts First and the First Tennessee Foundation is Jan. 30.
Additionally, Playhouse on the Square will participate in the 6th annual National Jewish Theater Foundation Holocaust Theater International Initiative - Remembrance Readings. This production commemorates International Holocaust Memorial Day - Monday Jan. 27; Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) - April 20-21; and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) – Nov. 9-10, 2020.
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Playhouse on the Square
Director of Community Relations