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Theater 101

Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm 


Some of the wittiest lines and some of the funniest plays ever written in English are the work of the Irish writer Oscar Wilde. A charming dandy who traveled in the same high social circles he brilliantly skewered in his satire, Wilde was a bon vivant and everyone’s friend. However, neither his work nor his life was all hilarity and lightness. His novels (including The Picture of Dorian Gray) short stories, and poems often contained a raw melancholy or an unflinching look at humanity’s narcissism and unkindness. He was famously put on trial and imprisoned for his homosexuality, an experience that broke his spirit and caused him to stop writing almost entirely. Literary Manager Anika Chapin will lead a lecture about Oscar Wilde, his work, and his world.