Book-It Repertory Theatre presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Judd Parkin and directed by Victor Pappas, from June 6 to July 1, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, music and films to enhance your experience of the show.
Oscar Wilde shocked Victorian sensibilities with his descriptions of Gray’s decadence and depravity. The book that scandalized readers was actually toned down from its original form. Book-It’s adaptation is drawn from Wilde’s original typescript, which you can read for yourself in the heavily annotated and illustrated The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition.
Kate Chopin also challenged late 19th century social norms with her frank depiction of female sexuality in The Awakening. Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is another Victorian novel exploring themes of duality and repressed evil is.
There are a lot of film adaptations of Wilde’s infamous novel. Perhaps the most well-known and well-regarded is Albert Lewin’s 1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray. For a more graphic adaptation, try The Secret of Dorian Gray, an Italian sexploitation film set in swinging 1970s London.
Wilde’s novel has been adapted into other formats as well. John Osborne’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Moral Entertainment provides a stage adaptation of the noted playwright Wilde’s only novel. Roy Thomas and Sebastian Fiumara deliver a comic book version with Marvel Illustrated: Picture of Dorian Gray.
For these suggestions and more, see the complete resource list for Book-It’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.
~ Posted by Richard V.