Indecent, a rare Broadway show with major lesbian themes and characters, will be broadcast on PBS this fall as part of the network’s Great Performances series.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning lesbian playwright Paula Vogel and created with director Rebecca Taichman, Indecent “is about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances,” according to an official synopsis.
The drama follows the true trajectory of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish play God of Vengeance, which featured Broadway’s first lesbian kiss and was subsequently denounced as obscene in 1923. Katrina Lenk and Adina Verson star as the lovers, both in God of Vengeance and backstage among the troupe of artists who ultimately risked everything to bring the controversial play to life.
Indecent won 2017 Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Play. It was filmed by eight high-definition cameras just prior to its final Broadway performance earlier this month at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.
Directed for television by Emmy-winning Great Performances executive producer David Horn, Indecent was produced by theater streaming service BroadwayHD in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET, America’s flagship PBS station.
“The themes of love and inclusion present in Indecent are something everyone can still appreciate and understand today,” said BroadwayHD co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley in a statement. “Recording these brilliant shows is so important, and we’re honored to be able to continue to spread this message for years to come.”
“This timely and joyous play will be available to a much wider audience, spreading its vital message of the enduring power of art,” adds producer Daryl Roth.
The Indecent cast also includes Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Aaron Halva, Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa, Zoë Aqua, Uri Sharlin, and Doug Wieselman.
Indecent, scheduled to air November 17, joins a lineup of previously announced Great Performances airings of recent Broadway shows She Loves Me, Present Laughter, and Holiday Inn. The LGBT-themed musical Falsettos will also be broadcast on PBS this fall.