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Judas Kiss, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Judas Kiss, The

David Hare

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573626654

A compelling depiction of Oscar Wilde just before and after his imprisonment.

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$9.95
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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period, Docudrama/Historic

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - London 1895 and Italy 1897

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Nudity/Partial Nudity

TAGS

Betrayal, Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

Liam Neeson starred on Broadway in this compelling depiction of Oscar Wilde just before and after his imprisonment. 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 the second act, 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.

REVIEWS

"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


The Judas Kiss premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London on March 12, 1998 and then on Broadway on April 29 under the direction of Richard Eyre.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

OSCAR WILDE
LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS
ROBERT ROSS
ARTHUR WELLESLEY
PHOEBE CANE
SANDY MOFFATT
GALILEO MASCONI

Videos
  • BBC News with Rupert Everett on The Judas Kiss

Author
David Hare

David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the Hampstead Theatre Club in 1970. Subsequent works include Knuckle, Fanshen, ... view full profile

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