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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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award In this stunning work of theater, Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Thres Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama. In April Oscar Wilde brought a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his youthful lover, who had publicly maligned him as a sodomite. In doing so, England’s reigning man of letters set 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 doing so, England’s reigning man of letters set in motion a series of events that would culminate trails his ruin and imprisonment.
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. Expertly interweaving courtroom testimony with excerpts from Wilde’s writings and the words of his contemporaries, Gross Indecency unveils its subject in all his genius and human frailty, his age in all its complacency and bross.
The result is a play that will be read and studied for decades to come. Paperbackpages. Published January 27th by Vintage first published Lambda Literary Award for Drama To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gross Indecencyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Drawn ondecency various sources, including the trial itself, Gross Indecency offers insight into a potential answer to this question.
Well worth listening to. Aug 04, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fascinating theatrical examination of the trials of Oscar Wilde but also a beautiful analysis of the way we analyze and ozcar art. It really shows how much Wilde changed the way we think, the way we read, and the way we identify. The documentary element is fascinating and I hope this trend in theatre continues.
Triald 15, Rae tne it it was amazing Shelves: This was such a fun read. Harrowing, of course, but to read Wilde’s famous wit, his incredible retorts, and his amazing timing was such a pleasure. The structure of this play hits all of my hallmarks for good theatre.
I love minimalist sets, I love actors being used in multiple roles, and I love walking away from a play feeling like I’ve learned something. This is a play I would direct in a heartbeat – the writing is so lscar and the stylistic foundations the playwright has outlined are perfect. Definitely worth reading and I can only hope to see it performed someday.
Fantastic writing, due in no small part to the genius of the subject.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman
Feb 04, indecencu rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 29, Kyra Boisseree rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
I would still love to see it kf. It has exactly the kind of staging I adore. I adore everything lndecency this. Also got the strange impression that I’d read this before, or at least parts of it, while I was reading. I don’t mean the quotations from things I’ve obviously already read, but the parts taken directly from the trials and sometimes personal accounts. I do have the full transcripts of the trials, but I haven’t read them yet.
It was just a strange feeling, I guess.
Sep 19, Georgia wi,de it it was amazing. I was in this play and it fucked me up. I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with this show and this incredible text for anything in the world.
Absolutely integral to my education as an actor. It still influences me to this day and probably will forever. Thank you, Moises Kaufman. Apr 18, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apparently Michael Emerson starred in this show and I need to see that immediately. I’ll bet it’s amazing live. Mar 05, J rated it liked it Shelves: I grosss this tbree as part of research I am doing for a novel I’m writing.
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.
A simple retelling of Wilde’s trials, this is a straightforward play but one that fans of Wilde will likely enjoy.
It doesn’t offer anything spectacular in terms triasl dialogue, plot or atmosphere, but it gets the job done.
Accessible, I’d call it, whi I read this play as part of research I am doing for a novel I’m writing. Accessible, I’d call it, which isn’t a bad thing. I’ve been thinking recently that, as much as I am enjoying the deliciously summery Oscwr fantasy novels, they aren’t really giving me useful information about living me life well.
I have found the love of my life, am not struggling through high school, and find it highly unlikely that I will bump into any un-dead individuals. 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. And in that sense, this play was 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.
And in that sense, this play was even more successful than Indscency had hoped. The text is pulled from transcripts of the three Oscar Wilde trials and other sources to fantastic effect. Not only is thdee play a success as a fascinating piece of history, but also indcency a personal tragedy and social failure. It’s also filled with witticisms and aphorisms indicating that Wilde was a quick and witty a speaker as he was a writer.
But what surprised me most was that his art was on trial as much as his personal life. And the question of what art is and how it should be treated and Wilde’s articulation of his artistic vision were speaking to me profoundly. When I think of defining myself, I do think of myself as an aesthete and Oscar Wilde certainly is the high priest of that particular cult.
It’s also incredible to me that more than a century has passed since the time of these trials and we’re still grappling over what seems to me to be a basic human right to love someone of your own choosing and make a life with them. Anyway, a thought-provoking read that I am sure I will come back to repeatedly.
Mar 01, Rachel C. 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.
I was a bit distracted by Kaufman’s 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.
I was a bit distracted by Kaufman’s device of having multiple narrators reading out the citations for things being said by the characters, but I ultimately enjoyed this romantic and poetic play. I should like to see it on stage someday.
It’s amazing that love can sprout and grow even in the most inhospitable soil: There odcar nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man when the elder man has intellect and the younger man has all the joy, hope, and glamour of life before him. That it should be so the world does not understand. Mar 30, Craig rated it really liked it Shelves: Not to say it’s repetitive, but it’s interesting to see how Kaufman visualizes and synthesizes in similar fashions.
It pushes triqls concept of “truth,” and how very often that’s a construct of mutual, subjective perspectives. Overall, the play highlight “A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. Overall, the play highlights the ludicrous nature of trying to legally punish people yhree non-conforming sexual behaviors and thus is particularly salient at this point in time. Nov 08, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Review from my blog: Read all of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde today — it was totally brilliant.
It just made sense — made for a beautiful, fast, and very eloquent read. Aug 06, Katie rated it it was amazing. Again, I don’t love reading plays.
This one was an exception. Some parents not mine threw an absolute fit when our 11th grade English teacher presented this as required reading. Apparently high school students should be 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. She won so, in the end, the whole class won.