‘Indecent’: Challenging Narratives of the American Dream through Collaborative Creation and Dramaturgical Uses of Memory

In this paper, I discuss the ways in which Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman engage with the story of the making of Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance (1918) in their production Indecent (2015) to explore the historical limits of American liberalism through collaborative theatre-making and the use of memory and memorial as dramaturgical devices, asking the audience to consider their contemporary political context.