THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

John Worthing lives a double life. While in London he is Ernest, the lively urban bachelor. While in the country with his ward Cecily, he is Jack, the serious morally minded suburban gentleman. The inscription in a forgotten cigarette case reveals Jack’s deceit to his close London friend Algernon who, while calling out his friend’s impropriety, admits to having his own nom to folie. Chaos ensues as Ernest proposes marriage to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, and Algernon pursues Ernest’s ward Cecily. Will this farce through London and the British countryside end in marriage and happiness? As we all struggle to come to grips with the serious issues facing our world today, there is no better way to spend an evening than reveling in the masterful wit of Wilde’s “iridescent filament of fantasy,” which is as comic and relevant today as it was at its premiere in 1895.

THE ENSEMBLE:

Paul Hebron*............................................ Lane/ Merriman

Josh Carpenter*........................................ Algernon Moncrieff

Jake Blouch............................................... Jack Worthing

Janis Dardaris*.......................................... Lady Bracknell

Janel Miley................................................ Gwendolen Fairfax

Emily Rast................................................. Cecily Cardew

Marie Maginty........................................... Miss Prism

Sean Close.................................................. Reverend Chasuble

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Alexander Burns

Scenic Design by Eliza Brown

Lighting Design by David Sexton

Costume Design by Jane Casanave

Dialect Coached by Hazel Bowers