The Picture of Dorian Gray - DPS ACTING EDITION

The Picture of Dorian Gray - DPS ACTING EDITION $13

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from Oscar Wilde

Published by Dramatists Play Service

5 Male 2 Female

Wilde's Faustian tale of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth is updated as a bold, stylish, and bloody contemporary thriller ...

London, 1988 - preternaturally handsome Dorian Gray has his portrait painted by his college classmate, the on-the-rise artist Basil Hallwood

When their mutual friend Henry Wotton offers to include it in a show, Dorian makes a fateful wish - that his portrait should grow old instead of him

And in so doing he strikes an unspeakable bargain with the devil

Dorian begins a steady decline into a life of depravity, following a twisted path that will lead him towards sexual deviance, violence, and much, much worse

However, Dorian's vile acts are not reflected upon his own visage, but rather upon Basil's portrait, which seems to rot from within, every one of Dorian's sins warping it more and more

The portrait is Dorian's secret, and he will do anything to keep it hidden and safe

Even kill, if he has to


"The debauchery and gothic abandon of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's modern adaptation is a sight for stingy eyes ... very Grand Guignol" ~ Washington Times

"Gritting, gripping, and at times gut-wrenching, this provocative adaptation transplants Wilde's characters from the late eighteenth century to 1980s London, but the scandalous, often shocking heart of the story remains" ~ Washingtonian

"Stylish, sexy and unspeakably cool ... brilliantly drawn ... a clever take on a classic story" ~ Metro Weekly

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