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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Artsy Fartsy: The Rage of the Stage Players Presents The Picture Of Dorian Gray THIS FRIDAY!!!

The Rage of the Stage Players announce their upcoming fall 2013 production, a faithfully restored stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s horror novel, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, starring Vincent Bombara, Vincent Marshall, and Sean Gallaher!

This faithful adaptation, written and directed by award-winning Pittsburgh playwright James Michael Shoberg, has been drawn from both the censored 1890 and extended 1891 versions of Oscar Wilde’s only novel, and will expose audiences to Wilde's tale as we believe he would have wanted them to experience it.

“Dorian Gray, a young man of incomparable personal beauty, becomes the subject of a painting by an artist so enthralled by his splendor that he develops an idolatrous worship of him. However, upon a chance meeting with the manipulative Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian becomes painfully aware of the fleeting nature of his good looks. Espousing a “new hedonism,” Lord Henry suggests the only things that make life worthwhile are youth and pleasure. Dorian, imbued with a newfound sense of vanity, laments the thought that his portrait will mock him throughout his fading years, and expresses a willingness to sell his soul in exchange for the portrait to age in his stead. When his mad wish is fulfilled, he begins to pursue a life of debauchery, his face untouched by time, and his painted image, now locked away from prying eyes, grows more monstrous with every unspeakable sin he commits.”

But naturally, the production is not without a trademark “Rage-twist.” The story has been visually reimagined in the “steampunk style,” which will be reflected in the sets by Assistant Director and Set Designer, Jen James, as well as the costumes, designed by Beth Shari. And that's only the beginning! The breathtaking original portraiture, by fantasy and horror illustrator Kari Christensen of Manhattan, will change before the audiences eyes, as they follow Dorian's descent into vice and sin!


Written and Directed by James Michael Shoberg
Assistant Direction and Sets by Jen James
Adapted from the story by Oscar Wilde

STARRING (In order of Appearance)

Vincent Marshall, Sean Michael Gallaher, Vincent Anthony Bombara, Joseph A. Roots, Carrie L. Shoberg, Samantha Westervelt, Renee Ruzzi-Kern, Devin Hunt, David Giesler, Helga Terre, Ryan James Baker, Patrick Ferris, Gretchen Schneider, Lily Van Sixx, Gered Coleman, Jonathan Fridg, Terry Westwood, Janet Pazzynski, and Adrianne Knapp.

Performance Schedule:
October 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 31st
November 1st and 2nd, 2013



There will be a special “PRIDE NIGHT” performance on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, to benefit the GLCC (Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh). Tickets on “PRIDE NIGHT” will be $20.00. 

South Park Theatre (At the intersection of Brownsville Road and Corrigan Drive, South Park, Pennsylvania 15129)

For questions and/or reservations (HIGHLY recommended):
(724) 292-TICS (8427)

Seating is extremely limited.

Adult content and partial nudity.

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