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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I like to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. Opened June 5, It was just a strange feeling, I guess. I would still love to see it performed.

I usually have trouble reading plays I so much prefer to see them performed but that was not a problem at all with this one. While obviously a dramatic fictionalized piece, it was quite useful in that it told me what I needed to know about the proceedings of a court, and about the late 19th century.

For the most part, the frials speaks directly to the audience Mar 10, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a play I would direct in a heartbeat – the writing is so strong and the stylistic foundations the playwright has outlined are perfect.

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Definitely worth reading and I can only hope to see it performed someday. Nov 29, Kyra Boisseree rated it it was wilxe Shelves: Apr 18, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lord Alfred married, had children, became a Catholic and a Nazi sympathizer. This was an intense presentation of the three trials focusing on Wilde’s sexual experiences with younger men. It is not like a basic play; it is wilds by storytelling more than acting out events.

Winston Duke has had quite ijdecency year. Some parents not mine threw an absolute fit when our 11th grade English teacher presented this as required reading. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You can practically hear the “Dun dun” after the prologue.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Would love to see it performed. Mar 01, Rachel C.

Kaufman’s achievement is to make history immediate and Wilde’s dilemma plangent Wilde didn’t believe in separating his erotic longings from the aesthetic side of his life. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ Again, I don’t love reading plays. The perversion pumping through Gross Indecency is not homosexuality, but Wilde’s refusal to save himself.

Nov 08, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s amazing that love can sprout and grow even in the most inhospitable soil: To ask other readers questions about Gross Indecencyplease sign up. I’m really glad the teacher defended her choice all the way to the school board.

Thank you, Moises Kaufman. The conflict between art and morality is the play’s theme and subject matter. The result is a play that will be read and studied for decades to come. Harrowing, of course, but to read Wilde’s famous wit, his incredible retorts, and his amazing timing was such a pleasure.

But what surprised me most osccar that his art was on trial as much as his personal life. In the end, this remarkable work testifies to the courage it takes to invent a life and live it to the fullest. Now Published Musicals Pulitzer Winners. Strange, his life and tragic end remind me a bit of Alan Turing. With the right actor playing Wilde this could be amazing theater. His courage amazes me.

Makes you think, definitely an excellent read. At a time in our own country’s life when art and morality seem to clash on a regular basis, Wilde’s persecution no longer registers as just an historical aberration.

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

Read all of Tree Indecency: I’ve been thinking recently that, as much as I am enjoying the deliciously summery YA fantasy novels, they aren’t really giving me useful information about living me life well. The documentary element is fascinating and I hope this trend in theatre continues.

This is a dramatic rendering of the life of Wilde. That’s my next gig!