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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

December 1, 2022 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm $5 – $15
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W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23284
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VCUarts Theatre presents

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

By Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Freddie Ashley

VCUarts Theatre presents Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman, a thrilling courtroom drama based on the true events surrounding the downfall of celebrated poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in Victorian England. Gross Indecency uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the 1895 trials that resulted in Wilde being arrested and imprisoned for the crime of sodomy. In April 1895, Wilde brought a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his youthful lover, who had publicly maligned Wilde as a sodomite. In starting the libel suit, Wilde set in motion the series of events that would culminate in his own ruin and imprisonment. Within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of gross indecency and, implicitly—for a vision of art and morality that outraged Victorian propriety. Expertly interweaving courtroom testimony with excerpts from Wilde’s writings and the words of his contemporaries, Gross Indecency unveils its subject in all his genius and human frailty, his age in all its complacency and repression. Performances are December 1st – 4th at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave Richmond, VA 23284).

VCUarts Theatre is thrilled to have Guest Director Freddie Ashley at the helm of this production. Ashley is the Artistic Director of Actor’s Express in Atlanta, Georgia and brings a trove of directing and educational experience to the project. The department brings in Guest Directors to provide our students the opportunity to learn from a variety of working professionals and make professional connections. Read more about Ashley here.



Performances will take place in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave.

TH 12/1 – 7:30pm
FRI 12/2 – 7:30pm
SAT 12/3- 2:00pm & 7:30pm
SUN 12/4 – 3:00pm

Tickets $5 – $15, vcutheatre.showclix.com . Discounts available for students, alumni, seniors and VCU community. VCUarts Theatre alumni can book two complimentary tickets to any performance – please email theatretix@vcu.edu by Wednesday November 30th.

All tickets are general admission. The VCUarts Theatre Box office is now CASHLESS. Please purchase tickets online (vcutheatre.showclix.com) or in-person with a credit/debit card. All ticket holders, please plan to check in at the box office on arrival. The box office opens one hour before performances, and seating typically opens 30 minutes before performances.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde has an expected runtime of approximately two hours and thirty minutes including one fifteen minute intermission, and is recommended for high school ages and up.

Parking: There is a paid parking deck located at Harrison and Broad. You can also use public street parking which follows Richmond City regulations.


Questions? Get in touch with the VCUarts Theatre Box Office. Phone: 804-828-6026 | Email: theatretix@vcu.edu

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