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SALOMÉ by Oscar Wilde

in a new English translation by director James Rutherford

with Patrick CannRoss Cowan, Jon FroehlichCatherine GastaCharise Greene, Julia Gu, Brough HansenJonathan HarrisMarty Keiser,

Lizzie King-HallJamie LowensteinStephanie Orta-VázquezLouie Pearlman, Rava RaabAlexander Reed, Justin ReinsilberLaura Butler Rivera,

Anthony SimoneLisa 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.

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