Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde from theatre Q
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After writing Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, the great dramatist David Mamet has come up with something completely surprising: a comedy! Mamet sinks all his considerable verbal skill into skewering the current political scene in November. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for re-election are looking grim. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for life after the White House, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the president has to find time to pardon a couple of Thanksgiving turkeys, and this PR stunt inspires Smith to risk everything in attempt to win back public support. Get ready to crouch in your seats as zingers will fly during Mamet's scathing, hilarious and darkly brilliant November. Learn More
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Featured review from Jean Wolman
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The play and performances were outstanding--very intelligently written with a strong aesthetic bent, well staged, and an incredible theatre bargain. Too bad there were only about 15 people in the audience (with 9 cast members). Don't know how they can pay the rent.
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.