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Dragon Theatre
2120 Broadway Street Redwood City, CA 94063
650-493-2006
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attended Jun 01 2008

I had seen this performance years ago when it played at the Theatre on the Square in SF. It was wonderful and I was happy to hear that the play was being done again in... continued

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The first trial of Oscar Wilde, in 1895, was the beginning of his downfall. Wilde took the father of his young lover to trial for libel. The Marquess of Queensberry, after hearing of his son Alfred Douglas’ relationship with Wilde, left a calling card at a popular social club saying “Oscar Wilde: posing somdomite,” an unfortunate malapropism that has since became world-famous. Wilde was forced to drop the charges when he realized he had no chance of winning, but the damage had been done. Queensberry immediately forwarded all his defense material to the Crown and urged prosecution of Wilde for committing gross indecency with four specified men (notably, Alfred Douglas was not mentioned in the charge). This resulted in Wilde’s second trial, which ended in a hung jury. The final trial, on the same charge, resulted in Wilde being sentenced to two years hard labor in prison, a sentence he never recovered from. 

Told in the same style that would later become famous with The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency uses actual transcripts from the trials interspersed with newspaper coverage of the fracas, as well as letters and other writings from the participants and other observers. Such notable figures as George Bernard Shaw, Queen Victoria and the author himself are among the more than 30 characters that appear in the work and are portrayed by only nine actors.

By Moisès Kaufman

Directed by George Quick

About the Ticket Supplier: theatreQ

theatre Q's mission is to present the evolving images of gays and lesbians on stage. This is the company's twelfth production since 2004. Past shows have included the award-winning Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, Cloud 9, Snakebit and Keep the Yuletide Gay.