POST: 'Indecent' - he was a revolutionary

What's it about?

Based on true events, Sholem Asch writes a controversial Jewish play, God of Vengeance, and the production must deal with the benefits and consequences of producing such a play. 

What'd I experience?

"From ashes they rise." 

Sholem Asch: He is me, and I am him. We are one. 

I identified with him and felt that his personality was a reflection of mine. He was a revolutionary. A rebel. A fighter, who wasn't going to back down just because "people were going to talk." That's exactly what he wanted. He WANTED people talking to open their minds. To make them think instead of blindly following. Asch wanted to  change the world, and that's what his play did. 

During the first read, he was faced with skepticism, but Asch never faltered. There was nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, there was something to be proud of. It questioned Jewish culture and belief, which was never done before. He was raising contemporary moral questions. Asch fought skepticism with logic, arguing that not everything related to Jews or Jewish culture/belief should be depicted as a paragon. He goes far enough to say, "Throw stones. Throw it outside the house." Asch wasn't going to back down or go unheard. He was creating change and speaking his mind, and I couldn't be more proud, as if he was a friend of my own. 

Lemml: The innocent with his heart on his sleeve. 

He was definitely a character that pulled on my heart strings. Lemml was awkward, kind, and lovable. He reminded me a lot of a child. Pure intentions and full of passion. He held on to the hope and belief in something better. 

There was this one scene where I had the utmost respect for him. The production is under fire, and the cast is arrested for obscenity. Lemml tries to find Asch to help them only to find that he was mentally checked out. Lemml reminds him of their fight and the point of the play in the first play. Feeling hopeless and in his desperation, he goes far enough to say, "Don't defend the play. Defend us." Lemml wanted the best for everyone, and I fell in love.  

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The play was so controversial that multiple people tried to censor it. When the play was moved to the Apollo Theater, many scenes were cut and changed. It was no longer about the love between two women. It became a play with one woman seducing, and manipulating, the other into sin. They took this positive thing, love, and turned it into this evil, warped, negative thing, which I was totally not okay with. Disagree with it, cool, but turn it into something it's not isn't cute. Their make-out scene in the rain is cut, and the meaning of the play gets lots in translation. The censorship continues shortly after the play, when the producer and cast are arrested for obscenity. The censorship tried to keep the message from being presented to the public, but you can't kill an idea by trying to shut it out. The message will always find it's way around it, and that's what they did. The production went back to Europe, and they continued to perform the play to whoever would watch it because "We are all one people with one common root" and that's worth fighting for.  

The play was so controversial that multiple people tried to censor it. When the play was moved to the Apollo Theater, many scenes were cut and changed. It was no longer about the love between two women. It became a play with one woman seducing, and manipulating, the other into sin. They took this positive thing, love, and turned it into this evil, warped, negative thing, which I was totally not okay with. Disagree with it, cool, but turn it into something it's not isn't cute. Their make-out scene in the rain is cut, and the meaning of the play gets lots in translation. The censorship continues shortly after the play, when the producer and cast are arrested for obscenity. The censorship tried to keep the message from being presented to the public, but you can't kill an idea by trying to shut it out. The message will always find it's way around it, and that's what they did. The production went back to Europe, and they continued to perform the play to whoever would watch it because "We are all one people with one common root" and that's worth fighting for.


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