Paula Vogel’s Indecent was one of the most acclaimed Broadway plays of last year, netting multiple Tony Awards as well as countless mentions on critics’ year-end best-of lists. Now, for the first time, audiences will be able to watch the uncensored version of the drama from their own home, courtesy of BroadwayHD.
After airing in a censored version on PBS’s Great Performances in 2017, Indecent will transfer to BroadwayHD, the streaming service for theater lovers. The sharp language and content that couldn’t make it into PBS will be included in this new filmed take, which is described as Rebecca Taichman’s director’s cut. Taichman won the Tony last year for best direction of a play for her work on Indecent.
Vogel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, reached newfound success with Indecent, for which she received her first Tony nomination for best play. The thrilling, empathetic play centers on the actors cast in Sholem Asch’s controversial early-20th-century Yiddish play God of Vengeance, and tracks how they all risked their lives to perform it despite living in a time when art, freedom, and truth were on trial. The original production was heavily theatrical, exploring the emotional power of performance as well as ever-timely themes such as sexuality and freedom of expression.
Above, EW can exclusively reveal a clip from the show that BroadwayHD will stream. It’s the introduction of the play, in which the stage manager introduces the play’s story as well as its ensemble. Watch above, and look out for Indecent to stream on BroadwayHD beginning Thursday.