“Indecent” Director Celebrates Jewish Women Onstage

When Rebecca Taichman, 47, won the 2017 Tony Award for best direction of a play for her work on “Indecent,” she was stunned. Still, she took the opportunity not just to thank those dear to her, but also to make a brief statement about ideals.

“This is a story about love in a perilous time and about speaking out and making art when… one is at great danger,” she said.

The play, for her, was personal in a way that was particularly resonant for Jewish audiences. At the first rehearsal for its Broadway transfer, she told a Forward reporter that “Indecent,” which is performed partially in Yiddish, was “a real mourner’s prayer for the loss of a language.”

She co-created the show with playwright Paula Vogel as an homage to Sholem Asch’s Yiddish play “God of Vengeance.”

In addition to “Indecent,” Taichman directed Sarah Ruhl’s “How To Transcend a Happy Marriage” at Lincoln Center, “The Clean House” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and a revival of J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways” on Broadway.

Between Ruhl, a frequent collaborator, and Vogel, Taichman has positioned herself as the foremost interpreter of the contemporary work of Jewish women onstage.

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