A Public Fit is thrilled to announce the first mainstage production of its 2023/24 season with Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. This true story about a little Jewish play opens at the Super Summer Studio Theatre, 4340 S. Valley View, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 20.
“Indecent is a remarkable piece of theatre," says Ann-Marie Pereth, who, along with Joseph Kucan, directs this 2015 Tony award-winning musical odyssey. “It tells the story of The God of Vengeance, a play born of the Yiddish Renaissance that became the first piece of theatre to present a romantic kiss between two women on a Broadway stage in 1923 and the complicated journey it took to get there."
"And its subsequent banning, denouncement and persecution," adds Kucan. "(Playwright) Sholem Asch was a trailblazer in many ways."
Indecent marks the beginning of APF’s 10th season of plays and staged readings and continues its partnership with Vegas’ own Super Summer Theater. “We've really settled in here," Pereth says, "SST is exactly the venue that allows us to create the kind of close, intimate theatre we strive for. It's an intimate black box that treats its audience as an integral part of the event. We fit right in."
Indecent features the talents of Timothy Cummings, William Fleming, Lisa Mandel, Betsy Norton, Jake Staley, Nicole Unger, and Nich Witham. Musical Direction is by Toby McEvoy, with Botielus and Arturo Hernandez providing the accompaniment.
"Everyone in the cast portrays multiple characters," Kucan says, "including the musicians! We're telling a story that starts in 1906 and extends through to the 1950s, exploring themes of Jewish identity and the acceptance of LGBT expression. There are lots of characters to explore!"
Evening performances are offered at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Sundays. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $35 for Military, Seniors, and Students. Monday evening “industry night” performances are scheduled for Nov. 6, 13, and 20, with special pricing available.
And, as always, immediately following each performance, A Public Fit will continue the conversation with The Buzz, a moderated discussion of the play's themes, style, and impressions. The Buzz is an expression of APF's ongoing commitment to audience engagement, treating each production as the start of an unending conversation.