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‘Wilde’ in for ‘West’ at Taper

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” written and directed by Moises Kaufman, will run Feb. 19-March 29 at the Mark Taper Forum, replacing “Ambition Facing West” as the fourth production in the Taper’s season.

The previously announced “West,” by Anthony Clarvoe, will be presented in the 1998-99 season.

“Gross Indecency” premiered early this year at the Greenwich House Theatre in N.Y., and continues its run at the Off Broadway Minetta Lane Theater. Another production is being staged at the Theatre on the Square in San Francisco.

“The postponement of ‘Ambition Facing West’ gives us more time to better fulfill the production challenges of this remarkable play,” said Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson. He added that the rescheduling was also influenced by the availability in February of both Kaufman and actor Michael Emerson, who got raves for his portrayal of Wilde in N.Y.

The play chronicles the trial and downfall of Wilde, one of the most celebrated playwrights of the 19th century who was convicted of “gross indecency with male persons” and in 1895 was sentenced to hard labor in prison.

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