6: Recorded play excerpt, "Indecent," 2017.
Paula Vogel’s Tony-nominated 2017 play Indecent tells the story of the ill-fated 1923 Broadway production of The God of Vengeance. In this clip from Indecent, the actress who has been cast as Rifkele meets the actress who will play opposite her as Manke for the first time, and they discuss The God of Vengeance.
Suggested Activity: Watch the video with students. Solicit comments from them about what stood out to them in the clip—a line that struck them as interesting or unexpected or false, a performance choice that surprised them or delighted them. Then, ask them to reflect on the following in writing: imagine that you are an actor in 1923 about to perform the role of Manke or Rifkele in The God of Vengeance. What concerns, fears, or anticipated joys might be in your mind as you consider the role?
Source: Paula Vogel, Indecent, directed by Rebecca Taichman (New York: Cort Theatre, 2017), video by Playbill Video, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMiZQgUgTss>, accessed February 3, 2018.