De Profundis

Directed by Brian Mertes

A Wild Ride Fueled by Wilde's Incendiary Letter

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s visceral "Letter from Reading Gaol," explosive theatre makers Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay invite audiences into the artistic transformation of their work as it develops into a fully-realized piece that explores the concepts of of isolation, otherness, and identity.


Strobe lighting effects will be used during this performance.


This production includes brief moments of partial nudity and subject matter that is best suited for patrons ages 17 and older.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde

New seating Arrangement for the Kenan Theatre

This one-woman show will feature a new seating arrangement to “hem the actress in” on two sides.


New Play in Progress at PRC² Interprets Wilde’s De Profundis
By Alan R. Hall
Classical Voice of North Carolina
January 13, 2017

PlayMakers Rep’s De Profundis Is a Work-in-Progress That Might Just Be “Your Cup of Tea”
by Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 12, 2017


Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay Will Workshop De Profundis on Jan. 11-15 at PlayMakers Rep
by Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 10, 2017