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City Theatre presents GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE

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Joining Austin’s 2021 summer theatre season, The City Theatre Company is excited to be back on stage with Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated stage play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. It is directed by Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky with performances July 22nd – 31st at Trinity Street Playhouse.

THE PLAY

Gross Indecency tells the true story of the famed and unashamed writer Oscar Wilde, who in 1895 was accused of posing as a “sodomite” by the father of his young companion, Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde fought the scandalous charge in court, but the tables quickly turned, and he found himself defending his career, art, morality, and ultimately, his life. Playwright Moises Kaufman, author of The Laramie Project, weaves together news articles, biographies, and interviews to recreate the harsh reality of Victorian past; but also create new light and relevancy on the downfall of the 19th Century’s most recognized playwright and novelist, and his unquestioning view on the acts of love and beauty.

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Playwright Moisés Kaufman is an award-winning playwright, director, and activist-in-art. He studied directing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts, there creating with his partner, the Tectonic Theatre Project. The company is dedicated to addressing contemporary social issues, as well as to explore the structure and language of theatre. His first play, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, premiered in 1997. It won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway play. His later play The Laramie Project, which told the story of the murdered gay student Matthew Shepard, premiered in 2000 and was made into a film for HBO in 2001. The play gathered a worldwide following and has become an influential work for the LGBQT community and remains among the most performed plays in the United States. He is an Obie and Lucille Lortel award winner, a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting, winner of the Humanitas Prize, and has been nominated for Tony, Emmy, and Drama Desk awards. In 2015, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. For more information on the Tectonic Theater Project, visit their website www.tectonictheaterproject.org.

THE CAST

Andy Berkovsky begins his 40th year in theatre and his 15th year as Artistic Director of The City Theatre Company. He has directed the CTC productions Art, August: Osage County, Three Tall Women, Frozen, Reckless, Rumors, Death of a Salesman, Parallel Lives, Cabaret, Into the Woods, and the B. Iden Payne Theatre Award Director nominated Agnes of God, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Boys Next Door, and Love Alone. In 2015, he was honored as Outstanding Director by the Central Texas Excellence in Live Theatre Awards. “It is thrilling to produce live theatre again, but also very humbling as well,” said Berkovsky. “Our families, friends, and community have been thru so much over the past year and half, and when you now have this opportunity again, you proceed, not only with safety and caution, but also with much care. Now, more than ever, it is the adage ‘doing right by’ the audience, the theatre space you are performing in, and all of the actors, artists, and team involved.” The production features the talented ensemble cast of Meredith O’Brien, Rick Smith, Scott Poppaw, Chuck Winkler, Zach Barrett, Scot Friedman, Valencia Lee, Ty Wiley, and Dawn Calvert Wright. Check out the actors upcoming on the City Theatre website.

THE COMPANY

The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 15th anniversary season of live theatre entertainment in Austin. CTC is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, BroadwayWorld Austin and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing a quality, reputable, and diverse public theatre and stage entertainment experience that is accessible to all artists and the entire Austin community. In 2021, CTC will continue to offer its student and group discount ticket program for any show. Put a little theatre in your life!

AT A GLANCE

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde opens THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021 and runs through SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021, with shows at 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets start at $15 and are available online starting THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2021. You can also make reservations requests online. All general and guaranteed reserved seats not purchased or claimed five minutes before curtain will be released. Students tickets are available for any show for $15. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available, call 512-470-1100 or email info@citytheatreaustin.org.

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The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has produced over one hundred shows, with over one thousand performances, and has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360.

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