by Oscar Wilde

world premiere

adapted by Shirley Kagan and Billy Christopher Maupin

directed by Shirley Kagan

performed by Billy Christopher Maupin

summer 2020 (specific dates TBD)

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY features a slightly reduced version of the full text of Wilde's 1891 Gothic tale of desire, mortality, and ephemerality that will be performed by a single actor -- Billy Christopher Maupin.


"Dorian Gray listened, open-eyed and wondering.  A furry bee came and buzzed round a spray of lilac for a moment.  Dorian watched it with that strange interest in the trivial that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression, or when some thought that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield."

In DORIAN GRAY Wilde weaves a Faustian story around a beautiful young man who gives up his soul so he can remain beautiful and young forever. Wilde uses narrative and dialogue to critique conventional customs and declare his views on the tensions between morality and art, utility and pleasure, outer and inner, and good and evil.


"Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?"

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY is the first production in Firehouse's 2020-2021 SEASON OF DISCOVERY and will have reduced audience capacity due to COVID-19. Performances will be limited to between 2 and 8 seats. Firehouse will maintain and enforce CDC recommended guidelines for contactless/physically distant performances. Select performances will also be live-streamed.

"The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim...There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written...All art is at once surface and symbol."


Billy Christopher Maupin

Production Team:

Shirley Kagan - Director

Edwin Slipek - Set Designer

Leslie Cook-Day - Costume Designer

Matthew R. Dubroff - Lighting Designer

Scott Burton - Composer / Sound Designer

Grace Brown, Morgan Lea Palmer - Stage Managers

Performance Schedule:

Specific dates TBD



$35 general / $25 military+ROS / $15 students


Firehouse Theatre / 1609 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 / 804.355.2001 /

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