“DORIAN: a portrait in grey,” an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Smyrna playwright, Mike Parker, is the latest offering of Smyrna, Tennessee-based Lamplighters Theatre. The three-act play retells the familiar story, but with significant plot twists.
In his only novel, English playwright Oscar Wilde (An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Ernest) retells the Faust legend about a man who trades his soul for eternal youth. In Parker’s version Dorian Gray is a woman, corrupted by the twin influences of art and beauty.
“Men tend to be violent by nature,” Parker said. “For a man to embrace the degradation of his soul is somehow almost expected. But there is something more horrific about the corruption of a woman’s soul. Making Dorian Gray an innocent young girl makes that corruption all the more disturbing.”
“DORIAN: a portrait in gray” runs May 21, 22, 23, 28, & 29 with all performances at 7:00 pm. Admission is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for students and children. Reservations not required. For information please call (615) 459-3421.
Lamplighters Theatre is a ministry of Smyrna Assembly Church, Smyrna, Tennessee.