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Diverse Cast Sought for Vogel's "INDECENT"

Diverse Cast Sought for Vogel's "INDECENT"

Auditions for Indecent

By Paula Vogel

All ethnicities will be considered for all roles in the first Oʻahu production of Paula Vogel’s INDECENT.

WHAT:  Auditions for Indecent by Paula Vogel

WHERE: Kennedy Theatre Studio S, UHM Campus (enter at back of the building)  free parking on Sundays

WHEN:   Audition times available Sundays Feb. 17 and 24

INFO: openhomeperformance@gmail.com

Open auditions will be held to cast the Hawaiʻi state premiere production of Paula Vogel’s drama Indecent.  The show will be directed by Lurana Donnels O’Malley. The production will be June 21-30, 2019 at The ARTS at Marks Garage.


Director Lurana Donnels O’Malley seeks a multicultural and multigenerational cast of seven actors. Most performers play multiple roles.

Each auditionee should contact the director to schedule a midday audition time on February 17 or 24th.

Auditionees should be prepared to read monologues chosen by director and to sing a short a cappella song excerpt of their choice. Song should be a 1-2 minute excerpt of a simple folk or pop or musical theatre song. Possible additional cold readings from the script. Please bring a current resume and headshot if available.

All ethnicities will be considered for all roles. We invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to audition for the roles they most identify with. All roles require folk singing and movement/dance. Actors should feel comfortable enough to do both confidently but do not need formal training.

Adult subject matter; potential auditionees under age 18 should contact director in advance.

To schedule an audition time, receive the monologues, and get more info, contact the director at openhomeperformance@gmail.com

More information will be provided at this link as available.


Chana, The Ingenue: Rifkele, Madje, Elsa, Ruth/Reine, Virginia - teens to 20s, identifies as female; plays multiple roles, some characters identify as queer


Avram, The Ingenue: Asch, Morris Carnovsky, Eugene O'Neill, John Rosen: 20-39, identifies as male; plays multiple roles


Halina, The Middle: Manke, Freida, Dorothee/Deine, Doctor: 20s to 40s, identifies as female; plays multiple roles, some characters identify as queer


Mendel, The Middle: Nakmen, Harry Weinberger, Office Benjamin Bailie, Rabbi Joseph Silverman: 30s-50s, identifies as male; plays multiple roles


Vera, The Elder: Sarah, Mrs. Peretz, Esther Stockton, Older Madje: 40s to 70s, identifies as female; plays multiple roles


Otto, The Elder: Yekel, Peretz, Schildkraut, Older Asch: 40s to 70s, identifies as male; plays multiple roles.


Lemml, The Stage Manager: A country tailor who becomes leader of the Yiddish Art Theatre of  Łódź  troupe; optimistic; 20s-50s, ages through the play; identifies as male


Vogel’s play with music, which was nominated for the 2017 Tony award for Best Play, tells a story of the 1923 obscenity arrests of the Broadway company of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish play God of Vengeance. Indecent starts in Poland in 1906 and ends in the Warsaw Ghetto, and features in cast of 7 in multiple roles, and a group of onstage musicians.

Scheduled during Pride Month 2019’s celebration of LGBTQ+ identities, Indecent concerns the censorship of the first same-sex kiss on the Broadway stage. The play also addresses up-to-the-minute concerns in our country about prejudice and immigration.

Newsday called Indecent full of “so much rich emotion about history and the theater, anti-Semitism, homophobia, censorship, world wars, red-baiting and, oh, yes, joyful human passion.”

Vogel’s Indecent is a testament to the power of art to transform lives.


The production is a co-production by The ARTS at Marks Garage and The Open Home Performance Network.  The cast will have some initial meetings in late April; Sunday through Thursday evening rehearsals begin May 1. Other production team members:

Music Director: Sean T.C. O’Malley

Choreography: Harmony Tesoro

Set/Lights: Christopher Patrinos

Costumes: Carlynn Wolfe

Props: Teia O’Malley

Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Kat Altman

Assistant Dramaturg: Christie Honore

Dialect Coach: Sharon Garcia Doyle

The production is seeking a stage manager and a business manager.  Please inquire at openhomeperformance@gmail.com

The ARTS at Marks Garage Mission: to transform our community with the power of the arts, and establish Honolulu's Chinatown as the creative capital of the Pacific. 

The Open Home Performance Network (OHPN), founded by Lurana Donnels O’Malley and Sean T.C. O’Malley in 1993, seeks to support collaboration within various artistic disciplines to create art that helps you to see a baroque candelabra better by placing it, say, on a rock.

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