Oscar Wilde’s notorious novella, The Picture of Dorian Gray, follows a young man’s pursuit of youth and pleasure. Admired and worshipped by an adoring artist who paints a portrait of him, the beautiful Dorian Gray gives his soul to remain forever young. Dorian then embarks on a journey of decadence and hedonism. The Gravity Partner’s physical, minimalist 21st century remix, The Picture (of Dorian Gray), smashes together Oscar Wilde’s novella with de Profundis, Wilde’s final letter to his lover from prison, as well as contemporary reflections and staging by the ensemble. De profundis recounts Wilde’s lifestyle of indulgence and the tumultuous relationship that led to his imprisonment. As such the production examines the blurry line between artist and art, our consumer consumption and objectification of youth, and the lust for individual pleasures. How far would you go to get everything you wanted?
a new play adapted from the Oscar Wilde classic by Neal Utterback with original music by Gabriel Gould. Neal Utterback will direct a cast of five, including Jessica Denison, Andrew Kilpatrick, Jamison Monella, Alyssa Newberg, and Phil Oberholzer.
The Picture (of Dorian Gray) was nominated for Best Adaptation, Best Choreography and Best Lead Actress in a Play (Jessica Denison) at the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The production was awarded the 2014 Greener Planet Award by Planet Connections for going above and beyond to implement green applications into the production.
I recommend it! As clear a telling of the haunting and cautionary story of Wilde’s vain young man as I’ve seen. Utterback and his collaborators have done a remarkable job with this Picture. Like the very best theatrical adaptations, this offers not so much a re-imagination as a fresh interpretation, one that authentically facilitates a fresh examination of a classic work of art that’s compelling and resonant. - Martin Denton, NYTheaterNow.com
Neal Utterback’s non-traditional staging unites quite disparate elements into a powerful tale about the extents to which people go to hide their true selves. An energetic, talented, and versatile cast of five - LettersFromTheMezzanine.com
TUE 8/12 @ 3:15 pm
THU 8/14 @ 7:00 pm
SAT 8/16 @ 6:30 pm
WED 8/20 @ 4:45 pm
SAT 8/23 @ 1:30 pm
SUN 8/24 @ 6:00 pm:
Theater: Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre
Address: 115 MacDougal ST.
NY, NY 10012
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