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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Indecent (on KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Max Gordon Moore as Sholem Asch and Adina Verson as Madje Asch in

Credit: Courtesy of © Carol Rosegg

Above: Max Gordon Moore as Sholem Asch and Adina Verson as Madje Asch in "Indecent," a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St. NY.

Broadway’s Critically Acclaimed and Tony Award-winning "Indecent" Coming to THIRTEEN’S GREAT PERFORMANCES

“Indecent’s” heart-wrenching and emotional themes remain relevant today.

The deeply thought-provoking play, dramatizing how freedoms and ideas were persecuted in the 1920s, conveys the message of love and tolerance that needs to be preserved and shared with audiences worldwide.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, created by Ms. Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Ms. Taichman, “Indecent” is about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial.

It is a story told with compassion and honesty, but also with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances.

Photo credit: Courtesy of © Carol Rosegg

Max Gordon Moore, Adina Verson, Richard Topol, Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber and Steven Rattazzi in “Indecent,” a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., N.Y.

The cast features Katrina LenkMimi LieberMax Gordon MooreTom NelisSteven RattazziRichard Topol and Adina Verson, and musicians Matt DarriauLisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva.

Photo credit: Courtesy of © Carol Rosegg

Richard Topol, Mimi Lieber, Tom Nelis, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Steven Rattazzi and Max Gordon Moore, the company of "Indecent," a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., N.Y.

The production also features Ben CherryAndrea GossEleanor ReissaZoë AquaUri Sharlin and Doug Wieselman.

Photo credit: Courtesy of © Carol Rosegg

Katrina Lenk as Manke, Adina Verson as Rivkele in “Indecent,” a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., N.Y.

“Indecent” features music composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, who play onstage along with cast members throughout the show.

“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. “Recording these brilliant shows is so important, and we’re honored to be able to continue to spread this message for years to come.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of © Carol Rosegg

Max Gordon Moore as Sholem Asch and Richard Topol as Lemml in “Indecent,” a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., N.Y.

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Great Performances continues its commitment to bringing unparalleled access to some of the most exciting and eclectic theater offerings on Broadway and beyond with a diverse mix of critically acclaimed musicals, comedies and dramas.

"Indecent" joins “She Loves Me” (October 20 on KPBS 2, also from Roundabout), "Present Laughter" (November 3 on KPBS 2), and "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical" (Nov. 24 on KPBS 2) as part of PBS's Broadway's best lineup, all directed for television by Emmy Award®-winner David Horn, executive producer of both GREAT PERFORMANCES and THIRTEEN's local Theater Close-Up series.

Also airing as part of the Broadway festival are GREAT PERFORMANCES encore presentations of “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams” (November 10 on KPBS 2) and “Hamilton's America” (December 1 on KPBS 2), up-close looks at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hits, “In the Heights” and “Hamilton” respectively.

CREDITS:

The production is choreographed by David Dorfman. Scenic design is by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design is by Emily Rebholz; lighting design is by Christopher Akerlind; sound design is by Matt Hubbs and projection design is by Tal Yarden.

“Indecent” was produced on Broadway by Daryl RothElizabeth Ireland McCann and Cody LassenJerry Meyer, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Elizabeth Armstrong, Julie Boardman, CoGro Partners, Nicole Eisenberg, Four Star Productions, GLS Productions, The John Gore Organization, Kathleen K. Johnson, Dana M. Lerner, Jenn Maley, Mano-Horn Productions, Marc Platt, and Storyboard Entertainment, in association with Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Vineyard Theatre.

GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. “Indecent” is a production of BroadwayHD in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. It was directed for television by David Horn. It is produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

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