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“God of Vengeance,” the 1920s Yiddish play that is currently the subject of the Off Broadway drama “Indecent,” will be revived in its original language by New Yiddish Rep for two performances this June. Written by Sholem Asch, “God of Vengeance” is credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway in 1923. It came under fire for its frank depictions of Jewish culture and homosexuality, and cast members were arrested on obscenity charges. This year, the play has come into the spotlight again as the topic of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” which opened at the Vineyard Theater this month. “Indecent,’’ which is spoken in English, Yiddish and German, features excerpts from “God of Vengeance” as it follows the play from its inception through its world tour and tumultuous opening in New York. (Charles Isherwood named it a New York Times Critics’ Pick.) New Yiddish Rep’s staged reading is to feature the entire text of the “God of Vengeance,” delivered in its original language, with English supertitles. Eleanor Reissa will direct and also act in the play. David Mandelbaum, the artistic director of New Yiddish Rep, will play a role as well. The performances, June 25 and June 26, will be at the 14th Street Y as part of the Jewish Play Project’s OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish...

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Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 7 pm334 Amsterdam Avenue @76th StreetJewToo, a small Jewish marketing non-profit, hires two interns to compete to be the online voice of Ava the Zionista, an A.I.-created, #girlboss Progressive Zionist. When Ava becomes an online sensation, the organization, the interns, and eventually the play itself are pushed to the brink of breakdown.PLAYWRIGHT ALEXA DERMAN Alexa Derman writes adventurous plays about gender, genre, systems, and speculation. Her plays include THE CREATURE (Runner-up, Princess Grace/New Dramatists; Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), PSYCHOPSYCHOTIC (Honorable Mention, Relentless Award), GIRLISH (Fresh Ink), RESTORATION MASTER RESET (Cutting Ball in WAYS TO LEAVE A BODY), ZIONISTA RISING (Winner, Jewish Plays Project National Competition) and I’LL BE IN MY HANUKKAH PALACE (sold-out at Ars Nova ANT Fest). Finalist: Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, the O’Neill, Seven Devils; semifinalist: Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Irons in the Fire; long-list: Theatre 503 International Playwriting Prize (x2). Other honors and experiences include: nomination for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, L Arnold Weissberger Award (x2), and the Susan Smith Blackburn; participation in Orchard Project’s Audio Lab; selection as a Playwrights Center Core Apprentice (mentored by Sheila Callaghan); and recently working as a staff writer on a Netflix series. She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club via the Sloan Foundation. BA from Yale in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; brand-new MFA from Brown, where she studied under Julia Jarcho. alexaderman.comDIRECTOR WILL STEINBERGER Will Steinberger is a Drama League Award nominated director and producer. He has directed and developed new plays for New York Stage and Film, Clubbed Thumb, New Dramatists, Hartford Stage, the Drama League, Berkshire Theatre Group, New...