Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Part of Gayfest NYC, Begins May 30

By Carey Purcell
May 30, 2013

The BASiC Theatre Project production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde begins performances as part of Gayfest NYC May 30 prior to an official opening May 31.



Directed by Zi Alikhan, the cast features Drew Feldman, Benjamin Fisher, Joshua Forcum, Michael Greehan, Anthony Jackson, Charlie Kolarich, Michael Lorz, Russell Peck, Jonathan Sokolow and Carl Wilson.

"Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde is a piece of theatre that uses first-hand accounts of the 1895 Oscar Wilde trials to examine the origins of the homosexual identity and the male identity and questions where, how, and if they intersect in historical and contemporary discourse," press notes state. "Through the compilation of diaries, court records, news sources, and more, Kaufman has created for us a fast-paced portrayal of Wilde’s fall from fame and the bigger social repercussions that followed. This production will use various styles of movement and music in a collaborative rehearsal process to discover the timelessness of Wilde's story and how it still functions with and relates to our social climate today."

The creative team includes Jason Sherwood (set), Mia Cook and Danielle Mahoney (costumes), Joanna Emmott (lighting) and Dan Crowley (sound). The production stage manager is Mariliza Parker.

Gayfest NYC is a four-week event of theatre works spotlighting gay issues that runs through June 16 at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex. The festival includes two fully staged productions, talkbacks with the authors of the plays and apperances by members of the LGBT community. Along with Gross Indecency, the festival features Moonlight and Love Songs by Scott C. Sickles and The Loves of Mr. Lincoln by David Brendan Hopes.

Gayfest NYC Inc. is the country's premier producer of new LGBT-themed plays. All proceeds from Gayfest NYC benefit the Harvey Milk High School.

Performance schedules and tickets can be found at gayfestnyc.com.