Sunday, July 9, 2017
An Indecent Play
Indecent is a play about that play. Scheduled to close on June 23, 2017, the play's run has been, by public outcry, extended until August 6, 2017. Such run extensions don't happen all that often. Generally, they are cut short by public disinterest. Not so for Indecent which won 2 Tony awards. Its author, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, co directs with Rebecca Taichman. The Los Angeles Times ended its review with these words: "Indecent reminds us of the power of art to tell us truths long before we are able to recognize them as such."
Yesterday I saw this play performed at the historic Cort Theatre in New York City not too far from the Apollo Theatre.. I took this photograph before the play began. And, yes, it does begin with all actors and musicians seated on the stage as the audience takes its seats. The play ends in a rainstorm which drenches two of its central female characters who took their curtain calls dripping wet wrapped in towels.
Playwright Paula Vogel reminds us that "...the purpose of theatre is to wound our memory so we can remember." She adds that she didn't think her play would be as relevant today as it is. That again we are witnessing an upheaval of fear, xenophobia, homophobia and anti-Semitism."
The Bulgarian artist Christo reminds us that, "A work of art is a scream of freedom."
May our screams for both art and freedom be heard throughout the land.