Bauer returns for Wilde evenings at The Open Eye Theater in October

Oscar Wilde’s classic novel of obsession and terror, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” gets a fresh and exciting twist in Vernon Bauer’s new one-man show, coming to the Catskills for a two-night engagement just in time for Halloween. The show, titled simply “Dorian Gray,” is being presented as part of The Open Eye Artist Showcase Series and will be performed at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made after October 17 by calling 586-1660.
“Dorian Gray” tells the story of a young man in Victorian England, who falls in love with a portrait of himself. Jealous at the thought of growing old while the painting remains ever young, Dorian desires the picture to age while his features remain unchanged by time. When his wish is fulfilled, Dorian is plunged into a series of debauched acts with the portrait serving as a reminder of the effect of his sins, appearing as disfigurements upon the painting.
Arriving in town at an appropriate time of year, “Dorian Gray” is a great Gothic horror story. Widely considered one of the greatest works of Western literature, Oscar Wilde’s short novel was originally published in 1890, and has since been translated onto both stage and screen numerous times.
Former Margaretville resident and frequent thespian, Bauer was last seen in the area performing the solo shows, “Fade Out” based upon the life of “Psycho” star, Anthony Perkins; and Glen Berger’s award-winning, “Underneath the Lintel,” both in conjunction with The Roxbury Arts Group. While still in the Catskills, he worked with The Shandaken Theatrical Society and The Todd Mountain Theater Project, among others.
Vernon currently lives in New York City, where he has appeared on such television programs as “Saturday Night Live,” “One Life to Live” and “Rescue Me” as well as several commercials. His last appearance on stage was two years ago when he played in a rare revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Two-Character Play” at The Producer’s Club in Manhattan.
Also an active director, he has helmed stage productions of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell,” among others, and has made two short films and is at work on his third, which is intended for the film festival circuit.
The Open Eye Theater is located at 960 Main Street in Margaretville.