Work Is the Curse
featurette in the Newtown Bee
Award Winner: Best Period Piece
“In his memorable Oscar Wilde performance Johnson Flucker
has accomplished a double feat: notably TALKING Oscar and BEING Oscar.
Thanks to him Wilde lives on.”
Perry Curtis, Emeritus Professor of History, Brown University
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.
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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.”
Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes can be mounted easily in a wide variety of venues from small to mid-size theaters, concert halls, private homes, cruise ships, libraries, museums, community and retirement centers, classrooms, even outdoors! A shorter, 50 minute version of the play, including a post-performance conversation with Johnson Flucker is also available for educators and less formal venues.