SALOMÉ by Oscar Wilde
in a new English translation by director James Rutherford
with 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 Jess Goldschmidt • Projection Wladimiro Woyno • Costumes Lara de Bruijn • Scenery Oona Curley
Lighting Kate McGee • Sound Michael Costagliola • Associate Director Dan Rogers • Stage Management Isaac VanCuren
Scenic Associate Santiago Orjuela Laverde • Projection Associate Lacey Erb • Sound Associate Sinan Zafar • Costume Associate Madeline Berger
Technical Direction Rudi Utter • Production Anna Brenner, Marty Keiser
A cloud cuts across the face of the moon. A woman dances to kill. A clown king’s rule begins to crumble.
Rarely performed and relentlessly misunderstood, SALOMÉ is Oscar Wilde at his most vulnerable, impenetrable, honest, mystifying. Written in raw, simple French, then dismally translated by Wilde’s lover Bosie, for years the play was largely dismissed as a Victorian oddity, an excuse to show some skin. But in this new translation by director James Rutherford, SALOMÉ reveals itself as a tragic parable of queer longing. Pouring his own doomed desires into the imprisoned prophet Iokanaan, the mercurial princess Salome, and even the vulgar paranoid Herod Antipas, Wilde explodes a Biblical footnote into a surreal moonscape of alienated passion. Eerily prescient, utterly mysterious, SALOMÉ is a prophecy of social destruction, a parable of what nightmares erupt when we demonize desire, criminalize otherness, and look but never see.
SALOMÉ performed October 6 – 27, 2018 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, 85 South Oxford St.