In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
110 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$40 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 11/23/2018 - 12/30/2018
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Important Dates


  • 12/15/2018 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 12/20/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 12/22/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 12/26/2018 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Ben Cherry Lemml
Emily Shackelford The Ingenue, Chana/Ensemble
Max Wolkowitz The Ingenue, Avram/Asch/Ensemble
Susan Lynskey The Middle, Halina/Ensemble
Ethan Watermeier The Middle, Mendel/Ensemble
Susan Rome The Elder, Vera/Ensemble
Victor Raider-Wexler The Elder, Otto/Ensemble
Alexander Sovronsky Nelly Friedman/Musician/Ensemble
Maryn Shaw Mayer Balsam/Musician/Ensemble
John Milosich Moriz Godowskly/Musician/Ensemble
Production Personnel
Paula Vogel
Eric Rosen
Costume Designer
Linda Roethke
Set Designer
Jack Magaw
Sound Designer
Andre Pluess
Erika Chong Shuch
Musical Director
Alexander Sovronsky
Lighting Designer
Josh Epstein
Alexander Sovronsky
Projections/Media Designer
Jeffrey Cady


Arena Stage - The Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Kreeger Theater, a 514-seat, fan-shaped space with a modified thrust stage, is updated with current technology and amenities, while retaining the qualities that make it one of the most artist- and audience-friendly spaces in the country: extraordinary flexibility, excellent acoustics, flawless sightlines and remarkably intimate interaction between actor and audience.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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