Indecent


Date: September 18, 2019 — October 13, 2019
Days & Times:

Tues. - Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. at 2 pm
Post show Talk Backs September 25 & October 6

Running Time: 90 minutes
Price: $35-$40

By Paula Vogel
Original Broadway Production Conceived and Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Score and Original Music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva
Directed by Maura Hanlon


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s deeply moving new play with music is inspired by the true events surrounding 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 their lives to perform it. 

INDECENT is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Cast

Chana Mandelbaum
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Lily Steven (Chana Mandelbaum) is thrilled to be making her Cape Rep debut with the production! Regional credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Reagle Music Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (CIC Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre), The Clearing (Hub Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Stoneham Theatre/GBSC), and A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Company). Lily is a Boston-based actor and recent UMiami BFA Musical Theatre graduate. Love to MDAE! @lilymaclaren LilySteven.com

Avram Zederbaum
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Noah Pelty (Avram Zederbaum) is thrilled to return to Cape Rep Theatre. A New York City based actor and musician, Pelty is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at Coastal Carolina University. Regional credits include Million Dollar Quartet (The Argyle Theatre), The Full Monty (Cape Rep), The Tuna Goddess (Cape Rep), and UMPO Summer Blockbusters (Cape Rep). Later this season you can see Noah in Something Rotten! Pelty is also a singer/songwriter and a member of the Cape Cod based rock band “Canon Hill”. He thanks the cast of Indecent for all of their patience and support.

Halina Cygansky
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Trish LaRose (Halina Cygansky) is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep where she’s appeared in over a dozen productions. Favorites include: Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Mae West in Dirty Blonde, O.G. Howland in Men On Boats, Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along and Serafina Delle Rosa in The Rose Tattoo. Other credits include: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at The Provincetown Theater, Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and the Dark Night Cabaret Series at Cotuit Center for the Arts, special guest appearance with The Skivvies, The Nat’l Tour of Urban Cowboy, Legally Blonde (Dir. Nick Kenkel) at North Shore Music Theatre and her One Woman Show (Dir. Matthew Risch) performed in NYC. Love to the cast & crew and to her amazing family for all their support.

Mendel Schultz
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Lee Cohen * (Mendel Schultz) A NYC based performer/educator, Lee has done everything from performing West Side Story to leading character tours of the  lower east side! Lee could not be happier to come home to Massachusetts, and merge his love of history and performance to bring this intensely relevant story to the stage. Past credits include: And Then They Came For Me (Ed), Funny Girl (Eddie), Anything Goes (Ensemble, Billy u.s), West Side Story (A-Rab), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 1), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley). Proud member of AEA. BFA Musical Theatre: Montclair State University. To those who have stuck with me through all of it, all I can give is my sincerest thank you. For more on Lee’s tours and educational performing go to www.charactours.com, www.bibleplayers.com or  see what adventures Lee is on at www.leecohen.net

Vera Parnicki
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Vicki Summers (Vera Parnicki) has been a company member of Cape Rep since its beginning in 1986.  Her many roles at Cape Rep include favorites, Margie in Good People, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Marty in Circle, Mirror Transformation, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Molly in Molly Sweeney, Mrs. Roby in Xingu and Other Stories (with Julie Harris), Elsa in The Road to Mecca, and Abigail Adams in The Distance Between Us. In 2017, Vicki developed and performed her own, one woman show about her beloved grandmother, Bella, An Immigrant’s Tale in Cape Rep’s playwriting class, which she continues to tour around the country. vicki-summers.com

Otto Godowsky
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Art Devine (Otto Godowsky) is a theater artist whose work as a playwright, director, actor, and designer has been enjoyed throughout Cape Cod, Boston and California. He was last seen as Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love.  Other acting credits include Peter and the Star Catcher, Rough Crossing, La Cage aux Folles, Mr. Burns, The Light in the Piazza, Jerusalem, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Born Yesterday, The Full Monty, The Sunshine Boys, The Love Talker, The Lion in Winter (Cape Rep), The Seven Year Itch (Cape Playhouse’s Tribute to Lee Remick), Hamlet (San Diego Rep), Heart of Jade, Giggle and Scream, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Buried Child (WHAT), Rough Crossing, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Pirates of Penzance, The Good Doctor, Elizabeth the Queen, Godspell (APA), Peter Pan and Wendy, and Dancing at Lughnasa (HJT). Art studied acting, directing, and playwriting at Trinity Rep Conservatory and was Lead Carpenter at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego. Art is so grateful for all the love and support he gets from his wife Maura (Mo) Hanlon and his tribe of family.

Lemml
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Nick Nudler  (Lemml) At Cape Rep Theatre: Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rough Crossing; Off-Broadway: Wicked Frozen; Regional: The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet at Shakespeare & Company. Disaster!, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, and The Importance of Being Earnest at CT Repertory Theatre. Training: UConn BFA Acting. NickNudler.com

Moriz Godowsky (Accordion)
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Tom Leidenfrost (Moriz Godowsky) is happy to be returning to Cape Rep Theatre! Tom is an accordionist, vocalist, and actor living on Cape Cod. His interest in accordion has led him to perform in theaters, restaurants, schools, libraries, festivals, and other venues at home and across the country. Some past theatrical productions include The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told (National Tour), Evita (Cape Rep), Jerusalem (Cape Rep), One Man, Two Guvnors (Cape Rep), and The Light in the Piazza (Cape Rep). www.frostaccordion.com

Mayer Balsam (Reeds)
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Justin Torrellas (Mayer Balsam, Reeds) Cape Rep Debut! Justin studied Music Performance (Bassoon) at Indiana University, performing in orchestras & opera pits throughout the USA and touring Europe. His music career was put on hold after joining the USA Pentathlon National Team; competing at the top international level, he amassed multiple podiums and spent time as the #1 ranked US athlete. Immediately post athletics retirement, he began appearing on stages throughout the Cape in productions including Spamalot, Legally Blonde (APA) and Man Of La Mancha (CCfTA). More recently, he has resurrected his music career where he is in high demand as a woodwind doubler; he can regularly be heard playing the entire woodwind family of instruments in musical pits from Provincetown to Falmouth and beyond. He’s a proud father to his amazing daughter Io.

Nelly Friedman (Violin)
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Abigail Grace Allwein * (Nelly Friedman, Violin) is delighted to make her Cape Rep debut this season in Indecent. She has most recently been seen in the Kathleen Marshall directed Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe), Once (Lamb’s Players Theatre), and Sister Act (Walnut Street Theatre). Her other notable credits include Deirdre in I Hate Hamlet; Jennifer in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Turkey Representative in David Mamet’s November, Mary Jane in Big River; Susan in Company; Grace Farrell in Annie, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years, as well as Michal in David: A New Musical at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. Ms. Allwein has been seen in numerous print and commercial ads, and she was featured as a soloist on WCLV/NPR with “The Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour.” She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Maura Hanlon (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre. She is very grateful to finally get the chance to explore this beautiful piece with this wonderfully creative company. Mo opened our 2019 season with Proof; she adapted (with Janine Perry) and directed The Odyssey for Cape Rep’s Young Company. She had an extraordinarily busy 2018 season, adapting and directing Great Expectations for YoCo, directing Merrily We Roll Along and Shakespeare in Love, and appearing as Rosie in Mamma Mia! and Helen in Fun Home. Mo has directed many, many plays at Cape Rep, and quite a few elsewhere. Favorite directing credits include Men on Boats, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep) and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). She is also a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (My Name is Asher Lev, Top-dog/Underdog, The Bottom of the Sky, to name just a few), and an occasional playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, which she also composed, and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a graduate of Holy Cross where she was a French/Pre-Med major. She studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She was twice nominated for the Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum and was offered a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Her productions have been named frequently in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of…” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach, and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s  Theatrelab and YoCo. Extra-special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin. Up next? YoCo 2019-20—what will it be? Stay tuned…  maurahanlon.com.

Musical Director
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David Kornfeld (Music Director) is a Jeff Award-winning composer, lyricist, music director and coffee enthusiast residing in New York, and is very stoked to be collaborating with Cape Rep for the second time after MDing UMPO Summer Blockbusters earlier this season. He grew up frolicking in California’s wine country, received his BA in composition from Carleton College and his MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. A co-founder of Underscore Theatre Company and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, he has collaborated with numerous companies in Chicago, New York, London, and other fine theatrical cities. His original musicals include HAYMARKET (Iris Theatre London, Underscore Theatre Chicago; 2019 Jeff Award for New Musical), MICROCOSMOS (Civilians R&D Group residency), PR0NE: A HARDCORE, AMATEUR MUSICAL (Underscore), GROUNDS: A FRESH-BREWED MUSICAL (Actor’s Training Center, Midwest Fringe Circuit), and 57th NATIONAL MATHLETE SUM-IT, (Commissioned by CPA Theatricals; CMTF 2016, NYMF 2017, Published by TRW). He co-founded the Hip Young Gunslingers Big Band and organ quartet Jazzsquatch in Chicago, performs regularly with the Rebecca Hart Band, and is working on an album of music for children. www.davidkornfeld.com

Choreography
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Ashlea Potts Beilis (Choreographer) Ashlea is thrilled to return to Cape Rep in a new role. She was previously seen on the Cape Rep Stage in Eurydice, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, and Anna Christie, among others. If you ask her parents, they’ll say Ashlea was dancing even before she could walk. She’s danced in theatrical pieces and competed in dance competitions throughout her career, winning multiple awards and National Titles. Ashlea received her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. Since then, she’s performed in regional theatre and continued developing new dance works. She can be found teaching in NYC and surrounding areas, and in masterclasses throughout the US. Ashlea is thrilled to join this project and bring her own interpretation to this beautiful movement and play. Special thanks to my parents, my sissy, and especially B- for all of his unending support, and for being her personal Jewish culture guru.

Scenic Design
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Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Ryan is a Houston-based scenic designer of theater, opera, and dance working across the country and Europe. He is the Resident Designer at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, MA as well as a Company Artist with Prague Shakespeare Company and the Classical Theatre Company of Houston. Regional Credits: Theatre under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Cape Rep, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Legacy Theatre, Prague Shakespeare Company. Opera and Dance: Glimmerglass Festival, New Orleans Opera, Opera San Jose, HGOco, Open Dance Project, and the Houston Ballet. Recent and Upcoming: Theatre under the Stars: A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening. Atlanta Opera: Glory Denied. Napa Music Festival: Goodbye, Mr Chips.  More at www.RyanMcGettigan.com

Costume Design
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Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. After several years in California she is very happy to be back East to work at Cape Rep once again. She continues to be a nationally known designer of hand made journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection.

Lighting Design
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Herrick Goldman (Lighting Design) An award-winning designer of theater, dance, video and live events; Herrick owns HG Lighting Design Inc. and is founder and principal designer at Evoke Collaborative.  Honored with the 1st LDI Redden Award for Excellence in Theatrical Design, Henry Hewes Nominations for Rooms a Rock Romance and Falling for Eve, The ISES Big Apple award for Best Event Lighting, and The Live Design Excellence award for Best theatrical lighting design, he has been designing professionally for the last 30 years, with numerous Off-Broadway and regional shows to his credit. His work has been seen on 6 continents. Recent productions include Aida directed by Luis Salgado, and The Greatest Piano Men at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Herrick’s past includes teaching lighting design at MIT, designing attractions for Madame Tussauds in NYC and Vegas, & soon a metropolitan airport. Currently HGLD provides lighting supervision for Christie’s Auction House in NYC. He is the LD for StageNetwork’s Studio Sessions. Current Productions in NYC: Puffs Off-Broadway and Tinga Tinga Tales at the New Victory Theater which Herrick also designed for the Kenyan National Theater in Nairobi. Recent corporate events include Promax 2019, United Health Group DC, Twitter- New Front, the DGA Honors, and Jaguar Evoque Launch for Kinetic. Favorite designs include: Jasper in Deadland, Rooms, Godspell, A Chorus Line, and The Who’s Tommy 15th anniversary at Broadway’s August Wilson. Herrick is a member of USA/IATSE 829. Upcoming projects: Indecent at Cape Rep and Einstein’s Dreams at 59/59 Off-Broadway. His work can be seen at www.HGLightingDesign.com and his collaborations will be featured at www.EvokeCollaborative.com

Projection Design
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Lisa Renkel (Projection Design) is an award-winning projection designer based in New York City. Her passion for collaborative design has allowed her the opportunities to work on a wide variety of productions ranging from Broadway to music world tours. Select video designs include: Off-Broadway: The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (The Duke – New 42), Emojiland The Musical (Theatre Row), Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space (Signature Theatre), She Persisted (Sheen Center). New York / Regional: Reefer Madness (New 42), Drama League Gala ft. Nathan Lane (The Plaza Hotel), Broadway Bares (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids), Pedro Pan (Theatre Row), Village Orpheus (Wild Project), Boundless and Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre). Select associate designs include: Music: Ariana Grande – Sweetener / thank u next (World Tour & Coachella Headline), Childish Gambino (Coachella Headline), Lady Gaga – Enigma (Las Vegas Park MGM). Broadway: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne), JUNK (Lincoln Center), Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show (Imperial Theatre), Off-Broadway: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich House Theatre), The Stone Witch (Westside Theatre Upstairs). Regional: MTV Movie & TV Awards (Los Angeles), Billboard Music Awards 2019 (Las Vegas), How to Succeed… (Kennedy Center), A Perfect Harmony (Smithsonian Museum). Lisa recently won a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Innovative Design for her work on Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home. Lisa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud member of USA Local 829. lisarenkeldesign.com

Yiddish Consultant and Dialect Coach
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Avi Hoffman (Yiddish Consultant and Dialect Coach) was recently awarded Congressional recognition, was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and was inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame for his lifetime work advancing Jewish culture, Yiddishkayt and Holocaust awareness. As an actor, he  was nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award for his Yiddish language portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He is best known for his award winning one man shows Too Jewish, Too Jewish, Too! (PBS, Performer of the Year ’95 – NY Press Magazine; L.A. OVATION award – Best Actor In a Musical 2001; NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations) and his latest show Still Jewish After All These Years. On TV, he was featured as Sid Raskin in the Starz TV series Magic City, as well as on Netflix’ Bloodline, A&E’s The Glades and on the NBC series Law and Order. He starred in the motion picture – The Imported Bridegroom and was seen in the PBS documentary They Came For Good: A History of the Jews in the US. Avi has performed all over the world, has numerous acting and directing credits and has received multiple awards and nominations.

Stage Manager
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Holly Hansen (Stage Manager) is a Cape-based actor who is so glad to be sharing in the work for this incredible show. Favorite Cape performance credits include: Much Ado – Beatrice (CCftA), The Odd Couple – Cecily Pigeon (CCftA), Annie – Miss Hannigan (CCftA), Peter and the Starcatcher – Fighting Prawn (Cape Rep). Holly has a BFA in Acting from Elon University, and is ever grateful to her husband Ari for always making her laugh.

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio

Reviews

“Cape Rep Theatre is staging a joyous, wistful and discerning production of Vogel’s complex play.” – Cape Cod Times

“I have to begin this review with a caveat: nothing I can write will do justice to Indecent or to Cape Rep’s production of this “true story of a little Jewish play.” It may well be the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen on stage.” – pTownie.com

“Cape Rep sets the bar higher and higher for Cape theaters by producing quality shows over and over. Brewster’s theater in the woods handles this powerful play and its powerful story with the reverence and significance it deserves.” – The Cape Cod Chronicle

“It all adds up to an incredibly powerful show that is both wildly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking. You don’t want to miss this one.” – The Cape Codder

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