Folksbiene Comes To Broadway

In a first, the Yiddish theater company will produce ‘Indecent,’ based on a groundbreaking 1923 Broadway show that was shut down after police charged cast members with obscenity, in part, for depicting a lesbian relationship on stage

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For the first time in its 103-year history, the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene will be producing a show in a mainstream Broadway — not East Broadway — theater.

This spring, the NYTF will serve as associate producer of “Indecent,” Paula Vogel’s play with music that had a successful run Off-Broadway last season. The play tells the back story of the production of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” a groundbreaking 1923 Broadway show that was shut down after police charged cast members with obscenity, in part, for depicting a lesbian relationship on stage.

“Indecent,” created with Rebecca Taichman who directs the show, marks the Broadway debut for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Vogel. NYTF joins Daryl Roth and others as producers, at the Cort Theater.

“This is a big, very important new chapter for us,” says Chris Massimine, executive producer of NYTF. On Dec. 12, the company will mark the beginning of its 103rd consecutive season with a Gala honoring actor Liev Schreiber at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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