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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 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 in 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 repression.
The result is a play that will be read and studied for decades to come. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 27th by Vintage first published More Details Original Title. Lambda Literary Award for Drama Other Editions 7.
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Reason does not help me. It tells me that the law under which I'm being judged is a wrong and unfair law, and the system under which I'm suffering, a wrong and unjust system. Drawn from 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: favorite-plays , drama.
Fascinating theatrical examination of the trials of Oscar Wilde but also a beautiful analysis of the way we analyze and moralize 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. 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 rules , who 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 rules , who 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: "It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection.
There is 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. Oct 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: plays. 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 strong 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. Nov 29, Kyra Boisseree rated it it was amazing Shelves: english-lit , reading-resistance , for-class , lgbtqiap , favorites.
You know. 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 performed. It has exactly the kind of staging I adore. I just. I adore everything about 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. Jun 17, Sparrow rated it it was amazing Shelves: play , audiobook , lgbt , courtroom-drama , nonfiction , drama.
I decided to read this because I needed to read something short as I am anticipating an audiobook hold in rather soon. It was a bit of a rocky start at first listen, since most of the narrators spoke very fast and in an older English dialect than I was quite used to. But once I got to the meat of the play I was blown away by the beauty of it, the passion, and tragedy as well.
I already loved Oscar Wilde, but to be thrown into a piece of his life was astounding. I had no knowledge of this p I decided to read this because I needed to read something short as I am anticipating an audiobook hold in rather soon.
I had no knowledge of this part of his life, and I felt grateful to learn about it. I would love to see this play one day, as it must be incredible to watch on stage. May 11, Marta Kazic rated it it was amazing. I guess it's difficult to step buck and judge a book's quality if the subject matter is so damn engaging. Without reading it again I couldn't tell you for the life of me what I thought of the writing style or if the turn of phrase was intelligent and witty.
But maybe that's what's makes it brilliant? Sep 19, Georgia rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favorites. 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. Feb 23, Jeff rated it really liked it.
A real stunner of play; I can only imagine what it is like to see it staged. Kaufman manages to make this both intensely theatrical and intimately scholarly at the same time as he grabbles with the contradictions at the heart of both Wiide's public and private personae.
Apr 18, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: gender-and-sexuality , recommendations. Apparently Michael Emerson starred in this show and I need to see that immediately.
I'll bet it's amazing live. View 2 comments. Trials of Socrates, anyone?
Buoyed by a terrific and. Ivey Award-winning performance by Craig Johnson as Oscar Wilde, Gross Indecency explored the nature of art and the role of the outsider in culture. Like a modern-day pop star, Wilde was set up to fall in stiff Victorian society, with his own creations eventually used against him to destroy his life and send him to prison. In Gross Indecency , Moises Kaufman also part of the team who put together The Laramie Project created a script that took the actual events of and then probed deep into the intersection of art and law, while also tracing the singular flaws that helped to bring this great man down. The cast, led by Johnson, put in excellent performances, while director Amy Rummenie brought her signature care and depth to make this a truly striking and resonant production. She also draws uniformly excellent performances from her cast; too many to mention in this short review. Swirling around Johnson is a constellation of star turns, most impressive when the actors are quickly transforming from one distinct, layered character into another.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and telegrams to say nothing of epigrams into one of the most riveting and theatrical pieces of theater currently on the boards, writer-director Moises Kaufman announces himself with "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. By Greg Evans. Related Stories. In his New York debut, Emerson delivers a characterization of nuance and power, commanding attention from his audience with a self-assurance that Wilde himself would envy. The prosecution and defense are seated at two tables on either side of the stage, while four Narrators are positioned at a long table in front, reading and enacting any number of eyewitness characters, from newspaper writers and male prostitutes to George Bernard Shaw and Queen Victoria. Although the play is loosely structured as the three trials, other scenes and events from various published accounts, both historical and modern are interspersed.