Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. by Moisés Kaufman. Directed by Veronica Haakonsen. November , Chelsea Theatre Works. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and. A Play by Moises Kaufman. I like to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. He was a man who chose to live his life with passion. And in trying to.

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One of the powerful things about this play is the way it subtly suggests that such constraints are not confined to the Victorian age This is as much a multilevel study in public perception of class, art and sexuality as a portrait of one man’s downfall, yet it retains the pull of old-fashioned courtroom drama. Robert Brustein, The New Republic. It’s a worthwhile read; written in the style of documentary theater. Still, many happy memories from doing lights for this play at a small community theater caused me to pick it up again, and I’m glad I did.

I would still love to see it performed. Drawn from various sources, including the trial itself, Gross Indecency offers insight into a potential answer to this question.

Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle. For the most part, the case speaks directly to the audience The language is certainly much easier to follow than the last few plays I’ve read given that they were all Shakespeare and I think there’s a lot that can be learned from this play about morality, art, and the state of the justice system. Wilde sues Queensberry for libel, the tide turning against Wilde mid-trial as Queensberry presents convincing evidence that his accusation is indeed true.

The defense denounced Wilde’s art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, “It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Make that both playwrights. Gross Indecency manages to turn relatively familiar material–the trials and imprisonment of Wilde on charges of sodomy and pederasty–into a damning indictment of the way that government tries to regulate our private lives While Emerson is the standout, the rest of the cast holds its own, from Dawes as the petulant, flirtatious Lord Alfred and Blumenfeld as the blustery Queensberry to the terrifically versatile ensemble of Narrators.


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Sep 21, Bobby Sullivan rated it really liked it. Even in our more osdar time, when what Wilde called “the love that dare not speak its name” has grown a little threw from shouting it, the Puritan impulse to impose its prohibitionist will on the private lives of citizens remains as insistent as ever.

It’s amazing that love can sprout and grow even in the most inhospitable soil: Trivia About Gross Indecency: I feel like reading this book made me a better, more rounded person. The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde today — it was totally brilliant.

I’ve been thinking recently that, as much as I am enjoying the deliciously summery YA fantasy novels, they aren’t really giving me useful information about living me life well. His assertion that there are no indecenncy books, only badly written ones, is precisely the sort of thinking that enrages opponents of the National Endowment for the Arts today.

I have known the basics of Oscar Wilde’s trials but this play of Wilde’s past just brings it to life. Absolutely integral to my education as an actor.

As courtroom drama, it’s thrilling. I would love to see a production. I adore everything about this.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

I highly recommend this book to every one who has the slightest interest in sodomy within the Victorian era or Wilde himself. Mar 05, J rated it liked it Shelves: It was an interesting insight into a trial that showed the hypocrisy of Victorian society, but I’ve came out of it with the same opinion I had before: His courage amazes me.


Accessible, I’d call it, which isn’t a bad thing. Wilde’s past is, in every sense of the word, interesting.

Optional Materials Cast Recordings. His love of youth is the love of an artist for beauty. Sep 04, Susanna rated it liked it Recommends indecendy for: I am the sum of all my cultures.

GROSS INDECENCY uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment.

You can practically hear the “Dun dun” after the prologue.

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Well worth listening to. Now Published Musicals Pulitzer Winners. Indeed, he is his own creation, a larger-than-life dispenser of wit and insight. I was a bit distracted by Kaufman’s device of having multiple narrators reading out the citations for things being said by the characters, but I ultimately enjoyed this romantic and poetic play. Kaufman links Wilde’s choice of a lover too selfish to value him to his choosing a fate that will destroy him. It was just a strange feeling, I guess.

Apr 28, Carly rated it really liked it Shelves: As a fan of both classic literature and the true-crime genre, I really enjoyed reading this one. And in that sense, this play was even more successful than I had hoped. Opened June 5, In the end, this remarkable work testifies to the courage it takes to invent a life and live it to the fullest. I don’t mean the quotations from things I’ve obviously already read, but the parts taken directly from the trials and sometimes personal accounts.

Read all of Gross Indecency: Apr 18, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: With courtiers circling [