GROSS INDECENCY THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE PDF

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Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and telegrams to say nothing of epigrams into one of the most riveting and theatrical pieces of theater currently on the boards, writer-director Moises Kaufman announces himself with "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. By Greg Evans. Related Stories. In his New York debut, Emerson delivers a characterization of nuance and power, commanding attention from his audience with a self-assurance that Wilde himself would envy.

The prosecution and defense are seated at two tables on either side of the stage, while four Narrators are positioned at a long table in front, reading and enacting any number of eyewitness characters, from newspaper writers and male prostitutes to George Bernard Shaw and Queen Victoria. Although the play is loosely structured as the three trials, other scenes and events from various published accounts, both historical and modern are interspersed.

With an outraged public and self-righteous press calling for blood, Wilde is charged with gross indecency, the second trial presented ending in a hung jury and the third in a guilty verdict. The tawdry courtroom spectacle stoops so low as to include a string of young hustlers cleverly presented onstage in period underwear testifying against their former patron.

Above all the allegations and vicious attacks towers Wilde, as fascinating as any character he created. Indeed, he is his own creation, a larger-than-life dispenser of wit and insight. The closest Wilde came to anything resembling a modern sense of gay pride was his defense, a la the ancient Greeks, of an elevated, rather spiritual love between older and younger men. His love of youth is the love of an artist for beauty. Or so he would have it. We are told that Wilde emerged from prison a broken man, blaming his once-beloved Lord Alfred for his downfall and dying penniless and in disgrace.

Lord Alfred married, had children, became a Catholic and a Nazi sympathizer. 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. The entire production does justice to the playwright.

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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and telegrams to say nothing of epigrams into one of the most riveting and theatrical pieces of theater currently on the boards, writer-director Moises Kaufman announces himself with "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. By Greg Evans. Related Stories. In his New York debut, Emerson delivers a characterization of nuance and power, commanding attention from his audience with a self-assurance that Wilde himself would envy.

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Buoyed by a terrific and. Ivey Award-winning performance by Craig Johnson as Oscar Wilde, Gross Indecency explored the nature of art and the role of the outsider in culture. Like a modern-day pop star, Wilde was set up to fall in stiff Victorian society, with his own creations eventually used against him to destroy his life and send him to prison. In Gross Indecency , Moises Kaufman also part of the team who put together The Laramie Project created a script that took the actual events of and then probed deep into the intersection of art and law, while also tracing the singular flaws that helped to bring this great man down.

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It deals with Oscar Wilde 's three trials on the matter of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas and other men. At the time, homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom. Wilde had a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas , a younger man, whose father wanted it to end. Following a failed private prosecution for criminal libel that Wilde brought against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry for statements he had made accusing Wilde of sodomy , Wilde was charged with "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons".

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