Interview with Molly Osborne

Paula Vogel’s Indecent will have its European premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory later this month. I spoke with actor Molly Osborne to find out more about this play and how she feels returning to the stage.

Can you tell me about Indecent and your character?
Indecent shows us how art can change a person’s life. The story follows Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch, from his bedroom in Warsaw in 1907, who’s first play The God of Vengeance transcends the time he wrote it in. As we follow the true story of what happened to the play, Indecent paints a painfully honest picture of immigration and assimilation, identity trauma and shame, and most of all how even among hatred, living for what we love can set us free.

What was it about the production that made you want to get involved?
I saw glimpses of the PBS production on Broadway and had never seen anything like it. I loved how stylish and slick it was, and how the actors multi-role to tell the story. It’s a beautifully written and directed piece of theatre. 

Tell me about your character. 
The Ingenue role features eight named characters, among other fun personas to present a different time or place throughout the play. Paula has written a track that encompasses young, ambitious, fiery women who all have their own nuances and challenges throughout the story. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to tackle such a track and to embody the spirit of real people who lived these lives.

How excited are you to be back on stage in front of a live audience?
The build up to it has been immense for me. We’ve rehearsed so much in combination with all the work we did last year, that to have an audience is just such a joy. It is meant to be shared, and it feels so magical to finally be able to do that. 

How have rehearsals been going?
Wonderful, we have had the time to pay great attention to fine detail and really master the flow of the play. It is a well oiled piece of machinery, we stand with gratitude on the shoulders of the original company that helped discover the tracks and scene changes. It’s been so enjoyable to discover the play again with new eyes in this new world. 

What would you like Indecent to achieve?
For it to inspire. There are so many details to the play, but for me the celebration of individuality is so freeing – what if we all felt worthy enough to live true to ourselves? That’s a powerful message that can do great things. 

Indecent runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 27 November 2021. To book tickets, click here.

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