Can Theatre Solve the U.S. Great Divide?

Special Features   Can Theatre Solve the U.S. Great Divide? In a time when the nation feels fractured, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel has an answer.

Before coming to Broadway, Paula Vogel’s Indecent premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in Connecticut in 2015. It then moved to the La Jolla Playhouse in California and onward to New York’s Vineyard Theatre. In watching the audience response to her play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer (who co-created the work with director Rebecca Taichman) noticed the play resonating with people who had immigrated to the United States. Vogel remembers theatregoers coming to her to say, “This is about my family, this is about our family coming to America, this is about our fear and how much we want to be a community but fear is driving us apart.”

“Without immigrants we wouldn’t have ... anything that we think of as American,” says Vogel. And that is something of which she hopes her Indecent will remind us all.

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