by Austin Playhouse

Apr. 14 - May. 14, 2023

Dive into the fascinating true story of Sholem Asch’s controversial play The God of Vengeance, and the passionate artists who risked everything to bring it to the stage.

Indecent follows the journey of a small theatre company as they tell us the story of Asch’s play from its origins in Poland 1907. The story about the daughter of a brothel owner who falls in love with one of her father’s prostitutes, was polarizing even at its inception, with many of Asch’s associates calling for him to burn it. Nevertheless, The God of Vengeance achieved great success on the stages of Europe and in the Yiddish theatre scene of downtown New York City. But when an English-translation was attempted on Broadway, the play proved too scandalous for the general public, and the entire cast was arrested and charged with obscenity.


(photo by Steve Rogers)

Bob Abelman's review for the Austin Chronicle, April 24, 2023

Sabrina Wallace's review for Austin Broadway World, May 10, 2023


(via AP)


The cast includes Noel Esquivel as MayerBalsam/Clarinet,Michael Ferstenfeld as Mendel/Ensemble, Kathleen Fletcher as Chana/Ensemble, Nathan Daniel Ford as Moriz Godowsky/Violin, Babs George as Vera/Ensemble, Huck Huckaby as Otto/Ensemble, Chris Humphrey as Nelly Friedman/Accordion, AJ Clauss as Avram/Ensemble, Sarah Fleming Walker as Halina/Ensemble, and Ben Wolfe as Lemml/Ensemble. 

Directed by Lara Toner Haddock with musical direction by Lyn Koenning, the production team also includes assistant director Jennifer Sturley, choreography by Adam Roberts, costume design by Diana Huckaby, lighting design by Mark Novick, scenic design by Mike Toner, and sound design by Robert S. Fisher. Additionally, Amanda Cooley Davis will join as dialect coach, Grace Ramsden as intimacy coordinator, Barry Miller as stage manager and Bernadette Nason as assistant stage manager.


by Paula Vogel
Austin Playhouse

April 14 - May 14, 2023
Austin Playhouse West Campus
405 W. 22nd Street
Austin, TX, 78705

INDECENT | April 21–May 14, 2023 | AUSTIN PREMIERE

Thurs – Sat at 8:00 p.m. and Sun at 5:00 p.m. | Sun May 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Austin Playhouse (new West Campus location) | 405 West 22nd | Austin TX 78705

Tickets are $34-38; with Pick-Your-Price Thursdays and Half-Price Student Tickets are available at; group discounts are available for parties of 10+ with a pre-show party reception room available. Group inquiries can be made at


(photo by Steve Rogers)