Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
Published by Playscripts, Inc.
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LENGTH: Full-length, two acts, 110-120 minutes
CAST: 2 females, 14 males (10-16 actors possible: 1-2 females, 9-14 males)
SET: Flexible set
A supernatural power grants Dorian Gray eternal youth and beauty. As the years pass and his outward form remains unmarred, his soul wallows in pride and sin, dragging the lives of everyone he touches into the depths of depravity. This new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece explores the themes of obsession, influence and reckoning by viewing Dorian’s story through the eyes of those most profoundly affected by him.
Nominee: Best New Adaptation, Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards (2009)
“Enthralling… a crystal-clear, ideally-structured adaptation.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“A brilliant, faithful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s late Victorian gothic horror novel… As an adaptation and as a unique work of art, this is a must-see event.” —Centerstage
“Robert Kauzlaric’s keenly adapted version of Wilde’s only published novel… wisely employs older and younger voices of the men most rabidly influenced by Gray, allowing for the true heartache and degenerative nature of passion to clearly show in all its gestations.” —Chicago Free Press
“A lavish and impressive rendering of an outstanding adaptation… an entertaining masterpiece… theatrically thrilling” —Chicago Stage Review
“Robert Kauzlaric masterfully adapts and condenses the novel, preserving Wilde’s aphorisms and wit” —Copley News Service
Premiered September 2008, Lifeline Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Arclight Repertory Theatre (San Jose, CA)
Michigan Youth Theatre (Rochester, MI)
Victoria West High School (Victoria, TX).
Production photo by Lindsay Schlesser