image001 (2)Dead Writers Theater Collective presents 4 Benefit performances of The Judas Kiss by David Hare on August 6 through 8 at the Stage 773 Cabaret, 1225 West Belmont Avenue in celebration of the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. “We want to celebrate through raising funds to support our theater, yet we also want to remember those came before,” says director Jim Schneider. “Oscar Wilde was a founding father of the gay movement and this play encapsulates his sacrifice.”

The Judas Kiss is a study of Wilde’s tragic fall from grace because of his sexuality. It begins on the eve of his arrest for “gross indecency” with his younger lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The second act takes place two years later when he is released and meets up with him again. “He was a broken man in exile, living in a rat-infested hotel in Naples,” states Schneider. “Yet, he’s doing the one thing his friends wanted him to avoid – reuniting with his still unbelievably selfish lover.”

The cast of this production includes: Collective Member Ben Muller as Oscar Wilde, Jack Dryden as Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie), Neal Javenkoski as Robbie Ross, Collective member Michael Graham as Sandy Moffatt, Charles Askenaizer as Arthur Wellesley, Andrea Young as Phoebe Cane and Edward Fraim as Galileo Masconi.

Tickets are available the Dead Writers website: “This is a very small, intimate space that seats only 60 people,” says Schneider. “We strongly recommend you order your tickets as soon as possible.”image002 (3)

Oscar Wilde (October, 16 1854 – November 30, 1900) was one of London’s most popular writers in the early 1890s. He was famous for his social flair and witticisms. Today, he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Dead Writers Theater Collective was founded in 2011 to provide a close-up, involving experience into the world of original productions. Presenting plays that are by or about dead writers, and create highly detailed, period authentic realism in an intimate space. Everyone in the audience has a front row seat to take part in a grand production. To find out more, contact: Dead Writers Theatre Collective, 1143 West North Shore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.