Indecent Reading List

Indecent at Playhouse on Park

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel tells the explosive and deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. We follow the path of the artists who risked their careers in order to perform it. It actively pays tribute to the Yiddish, immigrant families, Jews, theater makers, and the women, specifically the queer women, who are erased from historical narratives. Indecent is a riveting backstage drama filled with music, groundbreaking theatre, and stage magic.

River Bend Bookshop has prepared a reading list around the themes of the production, as well as banned and challenged works of contemporary literature.  We hope you enjoy the unsafe amusements and noisy pleasures of the theater, and your ideas of decorum are thoroughly offended by works on stage and on the page.


Banned Books: The World's Most Controversial Books, Past and Present (DK Secret Histories) By DK Cover Image
Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times By Azar Nafisi Cover Image
Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge By Richard Ovenden Cover Image
Indecent (TCG Edition) By Paula Vogel Cover Image
A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning History #1) By Michael Bronski Cover Image
It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable—And How We Can Stop It By Jonathan Greenblatt Cover Image
Jews Don't Count By David Baddiel Cover Image
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish By Ilan Stavans (Editor), Josh Lambert (Editor) Cover Image
Dear Mr. Dickens By Nancy Churnin, Bethany Stancliffe (Illustrator) Cover Image
A Short History of Queer Women By Kirsty Loehr Cover Image
The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age By Amy Sohn Cover Image
Mansfield Park (Word Cloud Classics) By Jane Austen Cover Image
Jewish West Hartford:: From City to Suburb (Brief History) By Betty N. Hoffman Cover Image
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis By Adam Hochschild Cover Image
Answers in the Pages By David Levithan Cover Image
Suggested Reading By Dave Connis Cover Image
Ban This Book: A Novel By Alan Gratz Cover Image
Attack of the Black Rectangles By A. S. King Cover Image