Jan 6 - 16, 2022
ABOUT THE PLAY:
The true story of famed – and unashamed - author Oscar Wilde, who in 1895 was accused of posing as a “sodomite” by the father of his young companion, Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas. Wilde fought the scandalous and questionable charge, but the tables quickly turned, and he found himself defending his career, art, morality, and ultimately, his life. Playwright Moises Kaufman, author of The Laramie Project, weaves together news articles, biographies, and interviews to recreate the harsh reality of Victorian past, but also create new light and relevancy on the downfall of the 19th Century’s most famous playwright and novelist, and his unquestioning view on the acts of love and beauty.
THE CHARACTERS: 9-15 actors of any gender will play the following roles…
Oscar Wilde - A famous Irish playwright in his 40s
Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas - A young gentleman in his early 20s
Sir Edward Clarke - a British barrister and politician in his 50s, who represents Oscar Wilde in his prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry
Edward Carson - an Irish barrister in his 40s whose open-ended cross examination of Oscar Wilde leads to Wilde being jailed and ruined.
John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry - a Scottish nobleman in his 50s, father of Bosie, disturbed by his son’s relationship with Wilde, he accused Wilde of “posing Sodomite”
Narrators, who double as Queen Victoria, Constance Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, politicians, authors, judges, witnesses, newspaper reviews, and rent boys, etc.