Wilde-Inspired West Moon Street Makes British Premiere Aug. 19

News   Wilde-Inspired West Moon Street Makes British Premiere Aug. 19
 
Rob Urbinati's West Moon Street, based on Oscar Wilde's short story "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," makes its U.K. premiere starting Aug. 19. The play had an Off-Broadway run in 2007.

Westacre Theatre in Norfolk presents this new production through Aug. 29. The cast, under the direction of Nina Jacques, includes Issy Huckle, Andy Naylor, David Connor, Richard Morgan, Clive Hadfield, among others.

American writer Urbinati is expected to attend the premiere. Joe Smith, a producer with Old Vic Productions, saw the play in 2007 when he was in New York working on plans for the Broadway transfer of Billy Eliot. He thought that it would be an ideal vehicle for Westacre Theatre Company to headline their summer season with, according to production notes.

For more information visit www.westacretheatre.com.

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West Moon Street opened Off-Broadway April 23, 2007, in a production directed by Davis McCallum for Pospect Theater Company. At the time, it was billed this way: "Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy — just down from Oxford and engaged to be married — until a fateful evening at Lady Windemere's when a mysterious palm-reader predicts a shocking turn of events."

Oscar Wilde published the story "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" in a collection in 1891, just after his first and only novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," in 1890, and just prior to his first play, Lady Windermere's Fan, which opened in February 1892.

Urbinati's plays include Hazelwood Jr. High, directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group; Cruel & Barbarous Treatment, adapted from the short story by Mary McCarthy; Miss Julie in Hollywood, adapted from the Strindberg play; and The People Speak, adapted from Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's "Voices of a People's History of the United States," all for the Culture Project.

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