Beginning March 21, the Roxy Regional Theatre will delve deeper into the life and times of the man who penned such classics as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, with a limited run of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde in theotherspace, the Roxy's 50-seat black-box theatre located upstairs.
In three short months, Oscar Wilde, the most celebrated playwright and wit of Victorian England, was toppled from the apex of British society into humiliation and ruin. Telling the gripping story of Wilde's tragic fall through actual trial documents, newspaper accounts and writings of the day, playwright Moisés Kaufman ignites an incendiary mix of sex and censorship, ultimately placing on trial a society that made the poet and playwright a scapegoat for its own sexual and moral insecurities and hypocrisies.
Directed by John McDonald and edited by Brandon Meeks, this staged reading of Gross Indecency features Colin Ryan as Oscar Wilde, with Josh Bernaski, Ryan Bowie, TEd Jones, Travis Kendrick, Ashley Laverty, Brandon Meeks, Gregory Pember and Phil Whittinghill portraying a cast of characters who speak not only of homosexuality, but also of a host of broader issues of class, art, religion, morality and politics.
Gross Indecency will be presented for four performances only: Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22, at 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. All tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931)645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday).