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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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Drawn directly from memoirs, trial minutes, and letters, it tells an intimate story of a man. Feb 04, jenice rated it really liked it Shelves: And while, I’ll keep reading though those series, I also want to make an effort to read books that speak to questions I have in my daily life. Indeed, he is his own creation, a larger-than-life dispenser of wit and insight.

Absolutely integral to my education as an actor.

Lord Alfred married, had children, became a Catholic and a Nazi sympathizer. Not only is the play a success as a fascinating piece of history, but also as a personal tragedy and social failure.

I think I would have preferred this if the dialogue was less convoluted and the exchange between characters more apparent – I am sure it must flow better on stage but it made for a slightly confusing read. Can old complaints be forgot? Return to Book Page.

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Resources Author Bios Book Club! I was a bit distracted by Kaufman’s This play covers three trials involving Oscar Grss – the first was a libel suit brought by Wilde against the Marquess of Queensberry the one who came up with the boxing ruleswho was the father of Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas; the second was brought against Wilde for “gross indecency with male persons” and ended in a mistrial for a hung jury; the third was the retrial and ended with a guilty verdict and a sentence of two years imprisonment for Wilde.

In his New Trizls 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.

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It’s also filled with witticisms and aphorisms indicating that Wilde was a quick and witty a speaker as he was a writer. Kndecency perversion pumping through Gross Indecency is not homosexuality, but Wilde’s refusal to save himself. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman

Feb 09, Miaree rated it it was amazing Shelves: I off known the basics of Oscar Wilde’s trials but this play of Wilde’s past just brings it to life. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award In this stunning work of theater, Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Oscar Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor.

Premier Logo Created with Sketch. This play covers three trials involving Oscar Wilde – the first was a libel suit brought by Wilde against the Marquess of Queensberry the one who came up with the boxing ruleswho was the father of Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas; the second was brought against Wilde for “gross indecency with male persons” and ended in a mistrial for a hung jury; the third was the retrial and ended with a guilty verdict and a sentence of two years imprisonment for Wilde.

Masterson, a native of Houston, [ Kaufman’s play make it evident that Wilde’s writings were as much on trial as the man’s conduct.

Now it has finally arrived. For within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of “gross indecency” and, implicitly–for a vision of art that outraged Victorian propriety. David Richards, Washington Post Under the guise of a fop with a green carnation on his lapel, Wilde was–and remains to this day–a veritable revolutionary, defying traditional authority, inverting accepted values and spurning convention’s dreary ways.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent. This was such a fun read. This was an intense presentation of the three trials focusing on Wilde’s sexual experiences with younger men.

Apparently high school students should tross sheltered from all literature that deals with subjects that should be considered taboo. I’m really glad the teacher defended her choice all the way to the school board. If you only know him as the lighthearted, flamboyant comic who made a name for himself with such plays as “The Importance of Being Earnest” then read this play.

She won so, in the end, the whole class won. May 26, Bonnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? Aug 18, Cassie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Or so he would have it.

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You can practically hear the “Dun dun” after the prologue. Drawn from various sources, including the trial itself, Gross Indecency offers insight into a potential answer to this question. The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. It’s dazzling coup de theatre, at once compelling history and chilling human drama. Tony Winners Manuscripts Special Collections. It still influences me to this day and probably will forever.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

I’ll bet it’s amazing live. David Richards, Washington Post. Gross Indecency manages to turn relatively familiar material–the trials and imprisonment of Wilde on charges of sodomy rgoss pederasty–into a damning indictment of the way that government tries to regulate our private lives Men Women Total Cast. A great way to learn about Oscar Wilde’s life in an interesting way.