January 28, 2022
The cast of Theatre UCF's Indecent performs one of the show's musical numbers

Even in the darkest of times, storytelling can shine a light. Theatre UCF’s immersive, stirring production of Indecent demonstrates just that, transporting audiences to the early 20th century and weaving a tale of the transformative power of art. The show opened on Thursday, Jan. 28 and received a standing ovation from its enraptured audience.

Indecent, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, is a deeply moving and liberating story that follows the true story of The God of Vengeance. Written by Polish-Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch, The God of Vengeance is notable for portraying the first lesbian kiss on a Broadway stage, which resulted in the show’s producer and cast being arrested and convicted of obscenity. Directed by Theatre UCF Artistic Director Julia Listengarten, Indecent explores the human themes driving these events, placing a spotlight on those who risked their careers and lives to fight against marginalization.

The cast of Theatre UCF's Indecent on stage

“Steeped in a multilayered Jewish cultural landscape, Indecent raises difficult questions about identity, belonging, erasure of cultures and languages, censorship within communities and by government, and hypocrisy that ruins people’s lives and professional careers,” writes Listengarten in the her director’s note. “The play is also a compelling testament to the power of theatre to trample prejudices and intolerance and to celebrate love, resilience and cultural differences.”

Indecent is running now through Feb. 6 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage. Tickets are $25 general admission or $10 with a UCF ID. Click here to learn more about the show and reserve your seat.

In mid-February, Theatre UCF’s 2021–22 season will continue with Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine. Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s show follows the story of Undine, a successful Black woman who was a top publicist in New York City. Her world comes crashing down through a series of unfortunate events and she must discover how to rebuild her life and reconnect with her family roots in Brooklyn. Tickets for the show are available now!

Headlining UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022, Shrek The Musical will take the stage at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Walt Disney Theatre from April 14–16. Based on the Dreamworks film, this Tony-winning adventure follows everyone’s favorite grumpy, green ogre and his talking donkey sidekick as they embark on a hilarious musical adventure perfect for the whole family. Tickets for select UCF Celebrates the Arts events, including Shrek The Musical, are available now!