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Storytellers: Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes

Thursday, February 08, 2018, 07:30pm

oscar letteredEnjoy a live performance of the hit one-man show Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes featuring Johnson Flucker as Oscar Wilde.

Tickets: $30/adults, $20/senior and students

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Presented by Pequot Library and the Yale Clubs of Lower Fairfield and Eastern Fairfield County. 

Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes is the award-winning fully staged and costumed solo-show based on the life and work of Oscar Wilde. Johnson Flucker plays the poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and truth-teller who–penniless and near friendless–sits in a Parisian café contemplating his past, present, and prospects for a not-too-promising future.

Quoting Wilde’s writings extensively, playwright Neil Titley weaves a fascinatingly dramatic personal and intellectual portrait of one of the most remarkable figures of the 19th century. Brimming with Wildean epigrams and anecdotes, Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes is at once hilarious and heartbreaking while being completely contemporary in its critique of people, the press, and politics. The play lifts the veil on the man who helped define modern individuality. It shows the aesthete and author at his most sarcastic and tender; resilient and vulnerable; as well as relentlessly critical of his world while being continuously self-effacing. As Wilde wrote and the play demonstrates: “‘Know Thyself’ was written over the portal of the ancient world. Over the portal of the modern world, ‘Be Thyself,’ shall be written.”


Location : Auditorium
Contact : (203) 259-0346 ext. 115