EMEMBERING OSCAR WILDE
Oscar Wilde, the notorious genius of the 19th century, is credited with having written award-winning poetry, prose, plays and a novel. He was one of England’s most popular playwrights in the 1890s. Unfortunately, his work was cut short by his imprisonment for “gross indecency with men.” After two years of hard labor, and having been publicly disgraced, Oscar Wilde died November 30, 1900, destitute and alone, at the age 46.
In remembrance of his death, 117 ago, Culture Collective Studio is producing two of Wilde’s plays, as part of the Bangkok Theatre Festival. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde’s only novel, has been produced many times for the stage and screen. This is the story of a young man that after having his portrait painted, offers his soul in return for eternal youth and beauty, as the portrait grows old.
Salomè, the famous biblical tale of the death of John the Baptist, has been told many times in the forms of drama, opera and dance. This is the story of the princess whose seductive dance convinced the king to grant her request to have the prophet’s head on a silver platter.
directed by Loni Berry.