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World premiere commissioned by Round House
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
From the novel by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Blake Robison
September 9 – October 4, 2009
Round House Theatre Bethesda
4545 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
London 1988. A struggling artist paints a portrait of his handsome young friend. Upon seeing it, Dorian Gray strikes a Faustian bargain that allows his outward appearance to remain forever unchanged while the portrait reflects his true age and immorality. Plunging into a life of narcissism and depravity, he leaves those who love or befriend him either broken or dead before realizing that he has also destroyed himself. This striking new adaptation by former DC resident Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (whose plays include The Velvet Sky and The Muckle Man) puts a provocative contemporary spin on Wilde’s scandalous thriller about a man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. It’s a killer!
Blake’s Take: One of the theatre’s top young playwrights, Roberto’s work has been performed Off-Broadway, in DC, and across the country. Amazingly versatile, he also writes for HBO’s Big Love and Marvel Comics. We’re thrilled to open with his compelling modern version of Wilde’s tale – commissioned especially for Round House. It’s a killer!
Featuring Clinton Brandhagen, Sean Dugan, Joel Reuben Ganz, Roderick Hill, Kaytie Morris, Tim Pabon, Julia Proctor
Dorian Gray is recommended for age 17 and above only as it features adult situations and nudity.
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