Actor portrays sarcastic, tender Wilde
MILFORD >> The Eastbound Theatre will present a one-day-only performance of “Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes,” based on the life of Oscar Wilde.
“Work” will be performed by Johnson Flucker. The one-man show is at 4 p.m. April 2 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The setting is Paris, August 1898, and Wilde, poet, novelist, playwright and truth-teller, has just been released after serving a two-year prison term for indecency.
Destitute and nearly friendless, he sits in a café contemplating his past, his present and his prospects for a not-too-promising future.
“Work” was written by Neil Titley and quotes extensively from Wilde’s writings. The play weaves a personal and intellectual portrait of one of the most remarkable figures of the 19th century.
“Work” brims with Wildean epigrams and anecdotes and is at once hilarious and heartbreaking while being contemporary in its critique of people, the press and politics, and lifting the veil on the man who helped define modern individuality.
It reveals the aesthete and author at his most sarcastic and tender, resilient and vulnerable.
Flucker returns to the Eastbound Theatre, where he previously portrayed William Randolph Hearst in “The Cat’s Meow.”
His career spans 40 years, as a professional singer and conductor, as well as a voice in several Walt Disney movies, including “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin.”
Recent acting credits include lead roles in “Hamlet, 1776,” and “Enron.”
The play was awarded Best Period Piece as part of New York’s UnitedSolo Theatre Festival.
Tickets: general admission $20, seniors, students; MAC members $15; premier package $40, with priority seating, a signed copy of the script, and a glass of champagne with Flucker after the show in MAC’s newly renovated Speakeasy.
For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org.
To learn more about Flucker and the play, visit https://oscarwildetheater.wordpress.com/