The Hawaiʻi Premiere of The Judas Kiss will take place at Maui OnStage at the Historic Iao Theater, April 27th-30th.
A compelling depiction of Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) just before and after his imprisonment for “gross indecency” with men.
Act One captures him in 1895 on the eve of his arrest. Oscar Wilde’s career had reached its pinnacle of success. His greatest work, The Importance of Being Earnest, was a sensation in the West End, and he was celebrated across London. He still has a chance to flee to the continent but chooses to let the train leave without him.
In Act Two, penniless and in exile, Wilde is in Naples more than two years later, after his release from the prison Reading Gaol in Berkshire, England. He is drawn to a reunion with his unworthy lover and a final betrayal.
This is a captivating portrait of Oscar Wilde and his willingness to give up his life for an undeserving love.
Directed by David Belew
CONTENT WARNING: Strong adult/sexual situations and male nudity. NOT recommended for under 18.