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IRELAND AMERICA The Ties that Bind: Gotham Radio Theatre presents Lady Windermere's Fan
April 13, 2011
96th Street Library
For all ages
‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ is an Oscar Wilde classic that showcases his trademark wit and is known as a charming, touching piece. Gotham Radio’s performance brings this celebrated piece to life in their unique ‘radio’ style, complete with Foley sound effects. (A podcast of the show will later appear on the NYPL website.)
Set amidst the swirl of London society in 1893, Lady Windermere is about to celebrate her birthday. A happily married woman, she has a young son and very strict moral standards. The fan of the title is inscribed with her name, Margaret, and a birthday gift from her adoring husband. When young Lady Windermere finds herself in a compromising position, she is forced to go into hiding, but the tell-tale fan could give away her presence and ruin her reputation. With great storytelling, secret histories revealed and the biting epigrams he is known for, Oscar Wilde blends the black and white of “good” and “bad” into gray.
Inspired by the Lux Radio Theatre of the 1930’s and 40’s, Gotham Radio Theatre brings the experience of actors performing in vintage radio style. Masterpiece plays and screenplays are performed live, by an ensemble of actors and sound performers as if you were in a radio sound stage.
Running time is approximately 1:20