*Show begins at 8pm with reception in advance.
OSCAR visits WALT is a one-act music theater piece about Oscar Wilde's visits to Walt Whitman in January and May, 1882. Wilde, age 27, an Oxford graduate with a famously clever wit, was devoted to aestheticism, foppery and social climbing. His admiration for Whitman began when his mother read Leaves of Grass to him in the nursery. Whitman, 62, was (of course!) the beloved, controversial, form-breaking “poet of the people”. Oscar’s first visit to Walt's home in Camden shortly after beginning his U.S. lecture tour. The two poets, vastly different in temperament, priorities and backgrounds, visited privately. Oscar then continued his speaking engagements, returning for a second visit four months later. Much has been speculated about what transpired between the two and, at long last, OSCAR visits WALT reveals the truth. Music is by Tom Wilson Weinberg, words by Whitman, Wilde and Weinberg. OSCAR visits WALT will be performed in the intimate Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, corner of 12th and Pine Streets. Performances will be on June 14, 15 and 16; see schedule below. Only 34 people can be seated at each of the three performances so pre-purchased tickets are essential and will be available March 15 at www.queerbooks.com. Tickets are $40 (no service charge) and include a pre-show reception and a copy of Leaves of Grass, courtesy of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room. While Walt and the audience await Oscar Wilde’s arrival, they may enjoy complimentary wine or Philadelphia’s own Walt Wit beer. The show begins promptly one hour after the reception begins.
Dates and Times: Friday, June 14, 2019, 7:00 reception, 8:00 show begins, 9:30 ends; Saturday, June 15, same schedule as Friday; Sunday, June 16, 2:00 reception, 3:00 show begins, 4:30 ends.