Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): “Champagne + Sodomy: The Art & Crime of Oscar Wilde” show by The Williams Project at Base: Experimental Arts + Space featuring “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” play by Moisés Kaufman and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell & starring Grant Chapman. Photos by Truman Buffett.
Synopsis from the Theatre: At Champagne + Sodomy: The Art and Crime of Oscar Wilde, a new immersive theatrical event, you’ll be thrust from the decadent drawing room to the reactionary courtroom with a champagne flute still in your hand. Pairing Wilde’s beloved comedy The Importance of Being Earnest with the story of his persecution by the state, as told in Moisés Kaufman’s docu-play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Williams Project presents an evening-length, genre-defying performance exploring how our culture is obsessed with queer art but terrified of the queers who make it.
Performance Date: 8/5/23 (Closing Show)
Type: Immersive Theatrical Event/Play
World Premiere: Yes and no – It was a developmental workshop featuring two combined plays. Because of the show’s developmental nature, the theatre company requested no reviews and I did not include any opinion elements in this post.
Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes
Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours
Intermission Included: Yes
Theatre Company: The Williams Project
Venue: Base: Experimental Arts + Space
Venue Physical Address: 6520 5th Ave S #122, Seattle, WA 98108
Dates: July 28 to August 5, 2023 – Sorry, for the late post! I attended the closing performance.
Seating: General Admission Seating/Standing
Parking: Free street parking on 5th Ave South in front of the art space entrance.
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Other Video +/- Pictures: See pictures in video and under video by Truman Buffett Photography.
Cast and Production Team: See after pictures and video below
@showsiveseen "#Champagne + #Sodomy: The Art & Crime of Oscar Wilde" closing show by The Williams Project at Base: Experimental Arts + Space featuring "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" #play by Moisés Kaufman & "The Importance of Being Earnest" by #OscarWilde. Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell & starring Grant Chapman. Photos by Truman Buffett. Post: showsiveseen.com/6318 #theatre #showsiveseen ♬ Dress – Charlotte Sands
|Nicholas Japaul Bernard*||Lady Bracknell, Clarke, Lockwood, Narrator 2, and Others|
|Grant Chapman*||Algernon, Oscar Wilde|
|Rebecca Gibel*||Jack, Harris, Carson, Gill, Narrator 3, and Others|
|Ricky Spaulding||Gwendolyn, Lord Alfred Douglass, Parker, Atkins, Narrator 1, and Others|
|Jomar Tagatac*||Lane, Queensberry, Wood, Mavor, Narrator 4, and Others|
|Oscar Wilde for The Importance of Being Earnest|
Moisés Kaufman for Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
|Ryan Guzzo Purcell||Director|
|An-lin Dauber†||Production Designer|
|Nick O’Leary||Video Designer|
|Robin Macartney||Props Designer|
|Brandon David Riel||Associate Set and Lighting Designer|
|Briana Schwartz||Assistant Costume Designer|
|Tori Thompson*||Stage Manager|
|Nicola Krause||Assistant Stage Manager|
|Charlinda Brewster||Graphic Design|
†Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE