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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The conflict between art and morality is the play’s theme and subject grross. In Gross Indecency playwright and director Moises Kaufman has dramatized [Wilde’s] fall with the sort of rapier stylization that Wilde himself would have admired David Richards, Washington Post.

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 osczr.

Jul 08, Jeannie Zeck rated it really liked it. Brilliantly constructed play on a hard topic. Opened June 5, Anyway, a thought-provoking read that I am sure I will come back to repeatedly. Even in our more permissive time, when what Wilde called “the love that dare not speak its name” has grown a little hoarse from shouting it, the Puritan impulse to impose osfar prohibitionist will on the private lives of citizens remains as insistent as ever.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

I highly recommend this book to every one who has the slightest interest in sodomy within the Victorian era or Wilde himself. I am the sum of all my cultures. 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.


The structure of this play hits all of my hallmarks for good theatre. Lord Alfred married, had children, became a Catholic and a Nazi sympathizer. To ask other readers questions about Gross Indecencyplease sign up. It’s not overly done, it’s straightforward, it’s poignant and its beautifully written. The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde today — it was totally brilliant. 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.

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Apparently high school students should be sheltered from all literature that deals with subjects that should be considered taboo. Laurie Stone, The Nation. In the end, this remarkable work testifies to the courage it takes to invent a life and live it to the fullest.

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.

Accessible, I’d call it, whi I read this play as part of research I am doing for a novel I’m writing.

Return to Book Page. Definitely worth reading and I can only hope to see it performed someday. Wilde sues Queensberry for libel, the tide turning against Wilde mid-trial as Queensberry presents convincing evidence that his accusation is indeed true.

Want to Read saving…. Or tue he would have it. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor.


This is one of those plays that is SOOO much better when you experience it on stage than when you read it. In earlythe Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde’s young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, left a card at Wilde’s club bearing the phrase “posing somdomite.

Kaufman’s play make it evident that Wilde’s writings were as much on trial as the man’s conduct. Kaufman does a great job with this collage of voices from different sources, and of course, Oscar Wilde himself is so wonderfully lyrical and artistic, and this comes through beautifully in his lines. For the most part, the case speaks directly to the audience His love of youth is the love of an artist for beauty.

This was such a fun read. 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is as much a multilevel study in public perception of class, art and sexuality as a portrait of one man’s downfall, yet it retains the pull of old-fashioned courtroom drama.