Oscar Wilde: From the Depths
By Charles McMahon
Directed by M. Craig Getting
January 14 - February 14, 2016
This new play pries open the imagination of Oscar Wilde, the most original and artistic mind of his generation. At the height of his literary success and incandescent celebrity he is brought to sudden and catastrophic ruin. Now, desolate and alone in his cell at Reading Gaol, he struggles to overcome the darkness that threatens to engulf him. Conjuring up a cast of characters from his memory, he revisits the stories from his meteoric career and unconventional personal life in search of transformation and salvation.
Cast & Production Team
David Bardeen as Robbie Ross/Ensemble • Marc LeVasseur as Oscar Wilde • Jered McLenigan as Lord Alfred Douglas/Ensemble
Meghan Jones, Production Manager • Lance Kniskern, Scenic Designer • Millie Hiibel, Costume Designer • Shon Causer, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer • Flora Vassar, Props Master • Leonard Kelly, Dialect Coach • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Lena Barnard, Assistant Director
News & Reviews
"Lantern's production, directed with a keen sense of movement by M. Craig Getting on Lance Kniskern's cold prison set, is superb." –WHYY NewsWorks
"The three outstanding actors give this show life. Marc LeVasseur, who comes to the Lantern with impressive Off-Broadway classical credits, looks quite like Wilde: He has the right elegant male beauty, the height, the graceful hands. David Bardeen and Jered McLenigan, both accomplished actors, play a variety of roles, shifting from character to character, from accent to accent, in a dazzling display of virtuosity." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A play that's brimming with intelligence and insight, and it's beautifully performed and sometimes quite affecting." –DC Metro Theatre Arts
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.