Oscar Wilde's

Wilde Tales

DECEMBER 7 - 31, 2016

A selfish giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to prevent the local children from playing in it. When the wall is finished the garden falls into perpetual winter, and doesn't awake until a young boy finds his way in through a hole in the wall.

Quintessence will continue to establish a tradition of holiday classics for the entire family as Jeremy Bloom makes his Quintessence debut and adapts Oscar Wilde’s mystical tales for children, including "The Happy Prince," "The Selfish Giant," "The Remarkable Rocket," "The Devoted Friend," and "The Rose and the Nightingale" into WILDE TALES.

Oscar Wilde's soaring prose, original songs by David Cope and puppetry by Martina Plag, WILDE TALES celebrates the values of selflessness, charity, compassion and love in soul stirring, wondrous and timely tales for the entire family.  


"Wilde Tales is a holiday treat for young people of all ages!" - TheaterArts

"Cleverly adapted from Oscar Wilde's fairy tales by Jeremy Bloom, who also directs, this stylish Quintessence production has whimsical grace notes... in a surreal world where nature and human nature intersect in magical ways." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Wilde had penned these tales for his children during the Victorian era, and Quintessence Theatre propels them into the 21st century in a traditional, yet modernly relevant and invigorating manner." - TheatreArts

"These superbly staged stories are illustrated by an excellent ensemble of actors... who bring exuberance and excitement to their various roles." - TheatreArts

"The experience of the play is like watching an illustrated storybook." - Phindie

"Bloom’s production is suitable for all ages, despite the stories’ themes, which are illuminated by his colorful approach." - Broad Street Review

"In staging these sentimental, yet hard tales of compassion and the beauty of self-sacrifice, Quintessence honors Oscar Wilde’s artful wit and his serious concern for social problems." - Phindie

"Bloom's adaptations are straight-on, even down to nuance." - Newsworks

"Wilde Tales is a holiday treat for young people of all ages!" - TheatreArts

"Many people are surprised that Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales. They won’t be shocked, though, by his tales’ dark tones and frank explorations of death and sacrifice, or that they’re also funny, fantastic, gripping stories in director Jeremy Bloom’s adaptation, Wilde Tales." - Broad Street Review



Directed and adapted by Jeremy Bloom

Set Design by Doug Greene

Light Design by Jay Ryan

Costume Design by Jane Casanave

Music by David Cope

Sound Design by Daniel Ison

Puppetry by Martina Plag


December 7 - 31, 2016

  • Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:00pm - Pay What You Can Preview

  • Thursday, December 8 @ 7:00pm - Preview

  • Friday, December 9 @ 7:00pm - Preview

  • Saturday, December 10 @ 7:00pm - Opening Night

  • Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00pm

  • Wednesday, December 14 @ 7:00pm

  • Thursday, December 15 @ 7:00pm - Talkback

  • Friday, December 16 @ 7:00pm

  • Saturday, December 17 @ 7:00pm

  • Sunday, December 18 @ 2:00pm - Talkback

  • Wednesday, December 21 @ 7:00pm

  • Thursday, December 22 @ 7:00pm

  • Friday, December 23 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

  • Saturday, December 24 @ 12:00pm

  • Tuesday, December 27 @ 7:00pm

  • Wednesday, December 28 @ 7:00pm

  • Thursday, December 29 @ 7:00pm

  • Friday, December 30 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

  • Saturday, December 31 @ 12:00pm - Closing

For special student matinee information please email BoxOffice@QuintessenceTheatre.org.


Bring your entire family to see Wilde Tales and save up to 40% on your tickets. 

4 Family Pack - 5 Family Pack - 6 Family Pack