Earlier in 2015, Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project were working with the Moscow New Drama Theatre and the U.S. State Department to produce a revival of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde in Moscow. In the middle of pre-production, the Kremlin blocked the revival because of the play’s LGBTQ content. In response to the cancellation, Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project has decided to produce a benefit reading in NYC to bring attention to the suppression of the rights of the LGBTQ community in Russia.
The star-studded, one-night-only special benefit reading of Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, the award-winning play about Oscar Wilde and the trials for his “crime” of homosexuality, will take place on October 5, 2015 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 W. 59th St). Moisés Kaufman will direct.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson (“Lost”, “Person of Interest”) will star as Oscar Wilde. Emerson played the role of Wilde in the original production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Minetta Lane Theatre in 1997.
Joining Emerson will be Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s Hamilton, “Looking”) as Bosie, as well as two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field (Norma Rae, Places In The Heart, Lincoln), Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, “Dexter”), Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce (Broadway’s Curtains, “Frasier”), Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light (Broadway’s Other Desert Cities, “Transparent”), Emmy Award nominee Darren Criss (Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, “Glee”), Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), David Burtka (Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You, “How I Met Your Mother”), Andy Mientus (Broadway’s Les Miserables, “Smash”), Jose Llana(Broadway’s The King And I, Here Lies Love), Will Carlyon (Broadway’s Cabaret), and Jake Shears (Bent, The Scissor Sisters), with additional casting to be announced.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Hilda Mullen Foundation.
Tickets range from $50 to $1000, with sponsorship packages available. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.tectonictheaterproject.org. All tickets will be held at will call and will be available for pick up starting at 6 pm at the venue.
All funds raised will benefit Tectonic Theater Project and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.