DIVERSIONS & DELIGHTS at the REX
Wesley Young as Oscar Wilde in “Diversions and Delights”
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th
He was known as the “Master of Conversation” and the “first media star.” He lived a topsy-turvy life, creating some of the most beloved works of dramatic literature only to sink into scandal, ruin and an early death. Without a doubt, he is one of history’s most fascinating figures. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Oscar Wilde. Performing a final, fictional 1899 Paris lecture, Wesley Young of Virginia’s Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema brings Wilde to life at the Rex Theatre in DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS.
DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS, by John Gay, is a one-man show that celebrates Wilde’s delicious wit and cutting intellect. Originally performed on Broadway and toured extensively by Vincent Price, Gay’s intelligent script features some of Wilde’s most quotable quotes, yet ultimately unmasks Wilde’s humanity, with all its triumphs and its heartbreaks. About Wilde, Young muses, “Even though he says that there is no such thing for him as a new emotion it seems that in the course of this evening in front of a final audience he wrestles with some old ones and maybe hits on a new one or two. At least, I think he discover he feels more deeply than his glib talk lets on he does.”
Taking on this magnificent role is Wesley Young, a full Professor in Radford University’s Department of Theatre and Cinema. Young holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Alabama and is an active professional actor, director, and teacher. A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, he has acted and directed in theatres across the country. In fact, one of his favorite roles was Algernon Moncrief in Wilde’s own THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
Performances of DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS are Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 5th at 2:30pm at the Rex Theatre in Galax, Virginia. Adult tickets are $10 and Senior (65+) and Student tickets are $8. Tickets are available at the Galax Visitor’s Center on East Grayson Street, at the Arts Council offices located at 608 West Stuart Drive in Galax, on-line at www.artsculturalcouncil.org/the-arts-shop, or at the box office, which will open one hour before each performance. Purchases can be made with cash or checks only, with the exception of on-line ticket purchases via PayPal.