by Oscar Wilde, translated and directed by James Rutherford
at the Irondale Center, October 2018
Featuring performances by Patrick Cann, Ross Cowan, Jon Froehlich, Catherine Gasta, Charise Greene, Julia Gu, Brough Hansen, Jonathan Harris, Marty Keiser, Lizzie King-Hall, Jamie Lowenstein, Stephanie Orta-Vázquez,
Louie Pearlman, Rava Raab, Alexander Reed, Justin Reinsilber, Laura Butler Rivera, Anthony Simone,
Lisa Tharps, Rudi Utter, Feathers Wise and Jing Xu
Choreography by Jess Goldschmidt, projection by Wladimiro Woyno and associate Lacey Erb, costumes by Lara de Bruijn and associate Madeline Berger, scenery by Oona Curley and associate Santiago Orjuela Laverde, lighting by Kate McGee, sound by Michael Costagliola and associate Sinan Zafar, associate direction by Dan Rogers, stage management by Isaac VanCuren, technical direction by Rudi Utter, production support by Anna Brenner and Marty Keiser, and press representation by David Gibbs/DARR Publicity
"A bold interpretation of one of Oscar Wilde's stranger and more provocative plays …. Salome is a tense journey back into history and legend that is nevertheless forever relevant, reminding us that unchecked desire can lead to ruin, even for the most powerful among us."
"Rutherford’s admirable translation stays close to the original, giving us Wilde indeed, flaws and all. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man who remains one of our most fascinating literary personalities more than a century after his death."
"This production is terrific, brilliant! James Rutherford directs with surety and conviction. He knows why Wilde wrote that way and he relishes every lavish image, while keeping his actors moving to counter the verbiage. His characters are in apotheoses of emotion. They’re not insane - they’re possessed."
"The idea of gaze, how it works, who is allowed to wield it, and how women are supposed to best graciously receive it, is woven throughout this sultry adaptation of Wilde’s controversial and under-performed biblical adaptation."