Playwright / Co-Creator
Paula Vogel is Playwright in Residence at Yale Repertory Theatre. Indecent was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions and Yale Repertory Theatre in close collaboration with director Rebecca Taichman, and co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse. Indecent was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab in 2013 and has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and the Vineyard Theatre. Her play How I Learned To Drive received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as her second Obie Award. Other plays include Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas. In 2004-05, she was the playwright in residence at New York’s Signature Theatre. TCG has published four books of her work: "The Mammary Plays," "The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays," "The Long Christmas Ride Home," and "A Civil War Christmas." Most recent awards include the Theatre Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild, and the 2015 Thornton Wilder Award. She is honored to have two awards to emerging playwrights named after her: the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, given annually by the Vineyard Theatre since 2007. Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Obie for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently awarded a Thirtini from 13P in New York. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Double UCross Colony, as well as Yaddo. She has taught for 24 years at Brown University and for five years at Yale School of Drama where she was the Eugene O’Neill Professor of Playwriting. She is honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Quiara Hudes, who is curating the Paula Vogel Mentors Project.
Director / Co-Creator
Rebecca Taichman directed Indecent at Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include Familiar by Danai Gurira (Playwrights Horizons); The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theater); The Luck of the Irish (LCT3); Stage Kiss, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); Orlando (Classic Stage Company); Orpheus (New York City Opera); Dark Sisters (Music Theater Group, Gotham Chamber Opera); Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep.); The Scene (Second Stage, Humana Festival of New Plays); and Menopausal Gentleman (Ohio Theatre). Regional credits include Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse); Twelfth Night, Time and the Conways (The Old Globe); Marie Antoinette (A.R.T.); She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Winter’s Tale (McCarter Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company); Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter); Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Clean House (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), the world premieres of Familiar by Danai Gurira and David Adjmi’s The Evildoers and Marie Antoinette at Yale Rep. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.
DAVID DORFMAN Choreographer
David Dorfman and David Dorfman Dance have toured the world since 1987, most recently to Greece – and Armenia, Turkey and Tajikistan via DanceMotion USA/US State Department/Brooklyn Academy of Music, where DDD has appeared in the Next Wave Festival. David has received NEA’s, a Guggenheim, a “Bessie” and a “Barrymore” (Green Violin, Rebecca Taichman). He is honored to work with Rebecca again and with Paula Vogel and this incredible cast. Look for DDD’s Aroundtown in 2017. daviddorfmandance.org
Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Rep productions of Indecent. Broadway: The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater, London); Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (also National Tour, Old Vic London); Topdog/Underdog (Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince; Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (also National Tour, Japan) and The Tempest. Recent: Grounded directed by Julie Taymor, The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh (The Public); La Mouette (Cour d’Honneur, Palais des Papes, Avignon Festival); Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theatre); The Dead (The Abbey Theatre); King Lear (TFANA). He has designed over 200 productions in the U.S. and internationally. Faculty: SUNY Purchase.
Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Oh, Hello On Broadway, If/Then, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway, she has designed multiple productions for Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, The Public, Lincoln Center, The Roundabout, MTC, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC and more. Regionally, her work has been seen at La Jolla Playhouse, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare Theater DC, The Goodman, CTG, Long Wharf, and Santa Fe Opera. Upcoming: Lucia Di Lammermoor (Santa Fe Opera).
Broadway: The Last Ship, Rocky (Tony nomination), Superior Donuts, 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination), Well, Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Awards), and Seven Guitars (Tony nomination) among others. Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers, Kaos, Garden of Earthly Delights (revival), and Belle Epoche. Other NY: Atlantic, Manhattan Theater Club, NYTW, Public, and Roundabout. Recent Opera: St Louis, Santa Fe, Washington National, Wexford.
Credits: The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater, Old Globe); Indecent (La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep, Vineyard); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (ART, Ars Nova, Kazino); Time and the Conways (Old Globe); Stage Kiss, 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (ART, Yale Rep, SoHo Rep); Three Pianos (NYTW, ART); The Human Scale (The Public); Telephone (Foundry Theatre); How We Got On, Death Tax, A Devil at Noon (Humana Festival); Hammock and Blueprints of Relentless Nature (Liz Lerman Dance Exchange). As a company member of The TEAM, Matt has designed Roosevelvis, The Holler Sessions, Waiting for You on the Corner Of…, Mission Drift, Architecting, Particularly in the Heartland, and A Thousand Natural Shocks. B.A. in Philosophy from Xavier University.
Broadway: The Crucible, Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Lazarus, Indecent, King Lear, Distracted, The Little Foxes, Liberty City, Kaos, Beast, The Misanthrope, Lush Valley, Sounding, Futura, Corpus Exquisitus, A Dog and Pony Show. Regional: Indecent, Swimming in March, Pop! International: Hamlet, Kings of War, Antigone, The Damned, The Fountainhead, Cries and Whispers, Antonioni Project, Mourning Becomes Electra, Angels in America, Husbands, Roman Tragedies. Opera: Exterminating Angel, Between Worlds, Mazeppa, Idomeneo, Brokeback Mountain, Macbeth.
LISA GUTKIN & AARON HALVA
Co-Composer / Co-Music Director
Lisa Gutkin is the Grammy Award-winning violinist, singer and songwriter of the Klezmatics. She played in Sting’s The Last Ship, had a cameo appearance in “Sex and the City,” and is a MacDowell Fellow. Lisa appears on hundreds of recordings including From Here On In, a CD of her original songs produced by John Lissauer, and Play Klezmer Fiddle!, an instructional DVD. She has co-authored songs with Woody Guthrie, Anne Sexton, and Maggie Dubris, and composed for symphony orchestra, dance, and film.
Aaron Halva is honored to make his Broadway debut strapped to an accordion. Off-Broadway/Regional: Servant of Two Masters (Theatre For a New Audience, Yale Rep, Guthrie, ArtsEmerson, STC, Seattle Rep), A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep), The Moliere Impromptu (Trinity Rep). TV/Film: “Wall Street II”. 2016 Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction and Composition. Aaron directed the Latin music group nu guajiro playing tres (Cuban guitar) for over two decades.