New York University will present Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde from Feb. 23 through March 4 in NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse (133 MacDougal Street, betw. West 3rd and West 4th Sts.). NYU’s Gross Indecency runs Feb. 23-24 and March 1-3 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 25 and March 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 with valid NYU ID. For more information and to make ticket reservations, call 212.998.5281. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street).
Gross Indecency tells the story of the great Oscar Wilde’s fall from fame and fortune. In the late 1800’s Queen Victoria established the gross indecency law that allowed people to be tried by a jury if they were suspected of having relations with a person of the same sex. Wilde was a victim of this perjury and it eventually led to his downfall and death. The play uses a patchwork of contemporary court documents, newspaper accounts, and books by and about Wilde.
The show was written by Moises Kaufman of the Tectonic Theatre Project, which created the highly acclaimed The Laramie Project, a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The Tectonic Project was started in 1992 and is dedicated to exploring theatrical languages and forms. NYU’s production will be directed by faculty member Philip Taylor. The cast will feature undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from The Steinhardt School’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.
For more information about Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, please contact the Steinhardt Production Office at 212.998.5069.