In April 1895 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 in motion a series of events that would culminate in his ruin and imprisonment. For within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of "gross indecency" and, implicitlyfor 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 repression.
"A multilevel study in public perceptions of class, art and sexuality as a portrait of one man's downfall, while retaining the pull of the old-fashioned courtroom drama." —Ben Brantley, New York Times
GROSS INDECENCY Listing Information Title: Gross Indecency Previews: Thu-Fri May 28-29, 2020 Opens: Saturday, May 30, 2020 Plays: Thu-Fri-Sat and Mon, 7:30 pm Matinee: Sun June 14 only, 2:00 pm Venue: Mainstage Theatre at 12th Ave Arts Address: 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle Ticket Prices: $36 General, $24 Mondays Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006 Online Sales: strawshop.bpt.me
written by Moises Kaufman directed by Josh Aaseng casting by Anastasia Higham graphic design by Melanie Wang 12th Ave Arts 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle 98122 Map