“Do not confuse your life with your art”
Directed by David Belew
A compelling depiction of Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) just before and after his imprisonment for “gross indecency” with men. Act One captures him in 1895 on the eve of his arrest. He still has a chance to flee to the continent but chooses to let the train leave without him. In Act Two, Wilde is in Naples more than two years later, after his release from Reading Gaol. In exile, he is drawn to a reunion with his unworthy lover and a final betrayal.
“Intriguing….What Hare has done here is not to write a narrative but to offer a portrait of Oscar at the end of his once glittering tether…. The dialogue is urbane, stylish and frequently imbued with Oscar like flashes of humor and purplish poetic resonance. But the main thrust is for character and situation: a mood portrait of a fall from grace.” – New York Post
“A moving evocation of the human spirit.” – New York Daily News
“Shifts the heroic focus, emphasizing Wilde less as a martyr of sexual persuasion than as a martyr of love…. That the object of Wilde’s love…is so clearly unworthy of it only makes the sacrifice more noble.” – The New York Times
CONTENT WARNING: Strong adult/sexual situations and male nudity. NOT recommended for under 18.
Health and Safety Protocols:
- We request that you please stay home if you are not feeling well.
- We will NOT be asking for photo ID, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result.
- There is no social distancing for this event. Please be mindful of this while choosing your seats.
- Please be mindful of others and give everyone space as you enter/exit and move about the theater.
- We HIGHLY RECOMMEND and support the wearing of face masks while in the theater.
- The Judas Kiss runs 120 minutes and there will be a 15 min Intermission.
- The Historic Iao Theater has central air conditioning which is set to 74 degrees. The zone above the stage is kept a little cooler for performer safety which may affect the first few rows of the audience. A light jacket or sweater is recommended.