Oscar Wilde Fest 2002

A celebration of the life & work of Oscar Wilde
(born 16 Oct 1854 died 30 Nov 1900)

New York, NY
30 November – 1 December 2002

Guided Tours in NY
Fest 2002
Fest 2004
Inaugural Celebration
Centenary Events

30 November

Oscar in New York

Special Talk by Merlin Holland

3:00 p.m. – Commemorative Oscar Wilde Walk & OWSOA Reception

Come along on a commemorative walking tour led by OWSOA member John Cooper. We begin outside the Gramercy Park Hotel, 21st St. & Lexington Ave., with a stroll in the Gramercy Park district tracing Wilde’s 1882 literary and social introduction to America.

We conclude with a Wildean gathering in Serena’s, 222 W. 23rd St., the delightful lounge of the Chelsea Hotel.

Our special guest speaker will be Merlin Holland, critically acclaimed author, Wilde scholar, (The Wilde Album, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde), and the grandson of Oscar Wilde.

Reception refreshments include a complimentary glass of Pimms and, of course, cucumber sandwiches.


1 December

The Best of Oscar





Also of interest

10:30 a.m. – Special tour of Wildean sites amid New York’s brownstones

Join us for a second unique journey, led by John Cooper and assembled especially for “Oscar Wilde Fest 2002” from the best of his two regular Oscar Wilde in New York tours. Discover the people and places Oscar knew and visited in the New York of the gilded age. Walk begins outside the Church of the Ascension, on the NW corner of 5th Ave. & 10th St., and concludes at the oldest continuously operating tavern in New York – across the street from where Wilde once lived – a great place to gather for refreshment or Sunday lunch.


3:00 p.m. – The Importance of Being Earnest Matineé & Symposium

Enjoy an authentically Victorian staging of Oscar’s comic masterpiece presented by the Jean Cocteau Repertory, one of New York’s oldest off-Broadway companies. An educational and entertaining Symposium, featuring the actors, crew, and production team members, as well as Wilde scholars, follows the play.

Bouwerie Lane Theatre, 330 Bowery.

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