Peggy died this year but her dream lives on through the efforts of writer nancy aronie, and producer laurie david, who published her latest collection, poems also, pulitzer-prize winning playwright paula vogel, joins colin to talk about her career and her latest production, indecent, the true story of a. American playwright examine the life, times, and work of paula vogel through detailed author biographies on enotes. This summer, philadelphia young playwrights begins its second year of the paula vogel mentors project, a living award honoring paula and extending her mentorship legacy vogel first i started writing since the fourth grade, it's something i see is apart of me but i only taken myself seriously just a few years ago writing. Theatre critic john simon once wrote that paula vogel collects awards like “a black sofa collects lint” in addition to her extraordinary writing, she is also one of our most beloved teachers of playwriting she led the program at brown university for 24 years and then joined the yale school of drama as chair.
Billed as “the true story of a little jewish play,” indecent is a work of song, dance and dialogue about the production and reception of sholem asch's genuinely presumably vogel connects the notion of literary indecency to that of totalitarian states, but indecent kept setting off my “category error” alarms. Biography paula vogel's plays have been performed at theatres such as the lortel theatre and circle repertory in new york, the american repertory theatre, the goodman, the paula vogel was also a pulitzer prize juror for the following: for her passionate, intelligent writing on books and contemporary literature. Paula vogel vogel, who is 47, got down to cases early, beginning her theatrical career as an actor in a suburban maryland high school (there were few boys in her drama class she got all the good male leads) by her senior year she was writing plays she continued writing while earning a phd at cornell, and in 1985,. Pulitzer prize-winning playwright paula vogel is making her broadway debut at the age of 65 with the play indecent we speak you've spoken about how indecent was a collaborative process, and not your average experience of writing a first draft and then doing a reading or workshop with the director.
Asserting that she writes the play backwards, moving from emotional circumstances and character to craft narrative structure, vogel says, my writing isn't actually guided by issues i only write about things that directly impact my life vogel's family, especially her late brother carl vogel, serves as an influence to her. This spring alone, we have on broadway three new works that set out to tell essentially true stories of the recent past, only one of which is thoroughly and now comes paula vogel's indecent taking a huge slice of cultural and social history as its subject, it is in some ways the most ambitious of the three,. But taichman would need to find a writer to collaborate vogel was fresh off another large-scale history play, the compassionate and inclusive musical drama “a civil war christmas,” and she insisted that a new work about asch's play reach far beyond the obscenity trial she researched asch's life, the. After decades of writing powerful works for the american stage (the baltimore waltz, how i learned to drive) and fighting on behalf of women in the theater, paula vogel has finally made it to broadway (she also earned a lifetime achievement obie last week, occasioning a profile in these pages).
Pulitzer winner paula vogel's indecent is now playing on broadway at the cort theatre, directed by rebecca taichman. Other articles where paula vogel is discussed: paula vogel repeatedly focused on hot-button moral issues with humour and compassion, dealing with prostitution in the oldest profession (1981), aids in the baltimore waltz (1992), pornography in hot 'n' throbbing (1994), and the sexual abuse of minors in how i learned.
The workshop will be on may 22 at the vineyard theater in new york, and will be open to the first 30 people who sign up paula vogel makes her long-awaited broadway debut, telling the story of a yiddish drama shut down in 1923 by ben what does that say about the plight of women writing for the stage. Paula vogel was born in washington, dc in 1951 after her parents divorced when she was thirteen, her mom moved her and her brother from apartment to apartment between washington, dc, and baltimore, md when she was seventeen she came out as a lesbian she began her college career at bryn mar, but. Paula vogel didn't expect to win this year's best-play tony award for “indecent she constructed “indecent” as a play-within-a-play about sholem asch's 1906 yiddish work “god of vengeance,” which, in its english-language debut on broadway in 1923, was shut down for controversial story lines.
By paula vogel directed by risa brainin based on incredible true events, this story of a jewish playwright and his resilient acting troupe unfolds with unexpected joy indecent unearths the perilous history of this groundbreaking work of literature, and reveals the way art can deeply connect us even in a world unravelling. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it literary associate miriam weiner recently spoke with paula about the reception of god of vengeance in europe and new york, the role of music in her work and process, and her fruitful.
Out: indecent is one of many spellbinding plays you have written, but after 40 years of writing, it is your first time on broadway what has it been like making your broadway debut paula vogel: well, i started doing theater when i was 15 i started really writing when i was 25, so yes 40 years i have a saying. Paula vogel's “indecent” is many things: an idiosyncratic mix of music, memory and theater magic a female take on an infamous male intellectual a holocaust parable that manages to surprise a lesbian love story both lyrical and consumed with lust a provocative piece of found history that holds up an. Paula vogel (born november 16, 1951) is an american playwright and university professor she received the 1998 pulitzer prize for drama for her play how i learned to drive vogel was chair of the playwriting department at the yale school of drama. For the first time in my life, i'm writing full-time i'm about to go on medicare, and that's the biggest grant/scholarship i've ever gotten in my life as a woman writer w&h: since you wrote “how i learned to drive,” did you envision gender equality being different today in theater pv: i have actually thought that.