Paula Vogel wants people to see a beauty of love through her queer play


In 1923, Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner, landed on Broadway. After it debuted, the cast was arrested on charges of obscenity. Playwright Paula Vogel decided to give the second life to this story. Indecent, a production detailing the controversy surrounding God of Vengeance, includes same-sex love storylines and it won two Tony Awards last year, one for Best Direction of a Play and another for Best Lighting. It was also nominated for Best Play. The creator says that she wanted theater to rise up and to be reborn, to make people fall in love with this kind of art. ‘I want us all to fall in love with the theatre so that when the troupe comes back to life, to show us their story, what happened when white nationalism in the 1920’s swept over America — its antisemitism, anti-immigrant, whites-only supremacy, the rise of the Klan, the closing of America’s borders — that we will listen. I also want us to realize the importance of theatre. And to remember our ancestors who got to these shores. We are a country of immigrants,’ she told GSN. Going on she commented the attempts to censor her play assuming that love cannot be cut. ‘Those of us in marginalized communities worry about the representation of our communities and tend to censor ourselves. Right now I feel that many in our communities are recognizing how crucial it is to show narratives that have become censored, and invisible. The difficulty is that art in a democracy must be the dog that bites the hand that feeds it,’ she went on, ‘I am proud of my love for women. I want younger people to see how beautiful love is regardless of their lifestyles. “Love is love is love is love…” Truth will make us free. We have to bear witness to the truths told on our stages, and we have to make sure that everyone has access to our stages.’


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