Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre production of Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency will play its last performance on Dec. 20. The play, which opened Oct. 28, was originally slated to end Dec. 6, but after sold-out houses and critical acclaim, extended the run.
Gross Indecency is a part of the Studio's continuing, two-season "Millennium Project," presenting a play exemplifying each decade of the twentieth century. Marking the 100th anniversary of Wilde's release from prison, and putting the spotlight on the turn of the century, this documentary play traces the famous writer's arrest, trial and imprisonment for the crime of "gross indecency with male persons."
Having celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year, Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre embarks on "The Millennium Project," with ten plays offered in the subscription season.
Other plays in The Millennium Project include:
* Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 1999
Amid the media frenzy surrounding the premiere of "Gone With The Wind" in December 1939, the Freitag family scrambles to find escorts for their daughters to "Ballyhoo," Jewish-Atlanta's social event of the season. Uhry's comedy/drama won a Best Play Tony Award.
* The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, March 10-April 11, 1999
Still running on Broadway, the Tony-nominated Beauty Queen examines a complex equation of interdependency between a 40-year-old spinster straining against the burden of her lazy, vindictively self- preserving mother. * William Marchant's The Desk Set, May 5-June 6, 1999
The Studio's celebration of the 1960s will offer a satire on the Information Age. A woman in the Facts Department of an early Network Television studio takes on an automated electronic brain in this comedy of computerization (best known for becoming a Tracy/Hepburn film vehicle).
An additional production, not part of The Project, is Slam! written and directed by the aforementioned Thomas W. Jones II (Birth of the Boom) with music by Scott Burgess, June 9-July 11, 1999.
For more information about Gross Indecency through Dec. 20, or other plays in The Millennium Project, call (202) 332-3300.
-- By Sean McGrath