Profanity by Sylvan Oswald

“This is the genetic material. The illiteracy. The rejection. The tooth decay. The suspicion. The isolation, the restriction, the ostracizing, the presumption of guilt, the feeling. The fire. The new world, the abandonment, the birthing, the working, the raping, the learning to read, the walking to school, the assassinating, the fantasizing, the assimilating.”

Katy Tye and Alex Organ

Katy Tye and Alex Organ

A World Premiere directed by Katherine Owens

September 12 – October 12, 2013 at Undermain Theatre

Profanity is a play about brothers in 1950s Philadelphia who have big dreams for the family real estate business. Struggling against their own disagreements and rival companies, they want to build something that will last. However, when they hire a new secretary, she and her daughter Esther stumble upon long hidden secrets in musty files behind closed doors. This world premiere dark comedy explores a family foundation sinking into decay and the corrupted ties that bind communities.

Cast and Creatives

Sylvan Oswald Playwright

Sylvan Oswald
Playwright

Katherine Owens

Katherine Owens
Director

John Arnone

John Arnone
Scenic Designer

Linda Noland Properties Designer

Linda Noland
Properties Designer

Sara Romersberger Choreography

Sara Romersberger
Choreographer

Paul Semrad Sound Designer

Paul Semrad
Sound Designer

Giva Taylor Costume Designer

Giva Taylor
Costume Designer

Steve Woods Lighting Designer

Steve Woods
Lighting Designer

Cast

Bruce DuBose

Bruce DuBose
Gersh

Michael Federico Leo

Michael Federico
Leo

Shannon Kearns

Shannon Kearns-Simmons
Vivian

Alex Organ Whitey

Alex Organ
Whitey

Katy Tye Esther

Katy Tye
Esther

Photo Archive

Profanity Poster

Profanity
Poster

Profanity Postcard Front

Profanity
Postcard Front

Profanity Postcard Back

Profanity
Postcard Back

Pictured: Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured: Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Michael Federico as Leo.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Katy Tye Esther, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured, L to R: Katy Tye Esther, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, above: Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian. In chair: Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, and Bruce DuBose as Gersh.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Gersh, Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Gersh, Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, Bruce DuBose as Gersh, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian. Background: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Michael Federico as Leo, Bruce DuBose as Gersh, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian. Background: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured, L to R: Alex Organ as Whitey, and Shannon Kearns Simmons as Vivian.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured: Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Gersh, Michael Federico as Leo, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Gersh, Michael Federico as Leo, and Alex Organ as Whitey.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Vivian, and Katy Tye as Esther.