Tectonic Theater Project's Starry 'GROSS INDECENCY' Reading Set for Tonight
The Tectonic Theater Project presents its 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, tonight, October 5, 2015 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 W 59th St).
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart), along with GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE original cast members Andy Paris, Ben Livingston, Greg Steinbruner, and Don Wildman, round out the previously announced all-star cast led by two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson ("Lost", "Person of Interest").
Tectonic Theater Project also recently announced that they have commissioned a Russian translation of GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE and will distribute it, for free, in Russia, where, 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 the play. 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 decided to produce a benefit reading in NYC to bring attention to the suppression of the rights of the LGBTQ community in Russia.
As previously announced, Emerson, who starred in the original production at the Minetta Lane Theatre, will reprise the role of "Oscar Wilde" in the one-night only benefit alongside Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff (Broadway's Hamilton, "Looking") as "Bosie", 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). Moisés Kaufman will direct.
The reading will take place one night only, and tickets are available now by visiting www.TectonicTheaterProject.org. Tickets range from $50 to $1000, with sponsorship packages available. 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.
GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Hilda Mullen Foundation, Jonathan and Mindy Gray, and Mellody Hobson.
TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT is an award-winning company whose plays have been performed around the world. The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports training for students around the country in our play-making techniques.
THE INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION. (IGLHRC) founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to effectively conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide.
In Russia, IGLHRC has been working alongside advocates to challenge anti-LGBT sentiment and policy for more than two decades. Our efforts have brought the concerns of Russian LGBT communities to high-level international stakeholders at the U.N., and have put pressure on Russian authorities to be accountable to the human rights of all persons living there, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.