The Importance of Being Earnest

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST may be the most perfect comedy ever staged.

The last comedic work of the legendary British playwright Oscar Wilde,THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a flawless send-up of late Victorian customs and attitudes, a confection of high farce built of brilliantly unforgettable characters and unforgettably brilliant dialogue. 

The last comedic work of the legendary British playwright Oscar Wilde, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a flawless send-up of late Victorian customs and attitudes, a confection of high farce built of brilliantly unforgettable characters and unforgettably brilliant dialogue.

Thanks to our good friends Dale Jessen and Cathy McKechney for these great images, showcasing John Gion’s beautiful costumes.

First performed on St. Valentine’s Day, 1895, EARNEST represented the peak of Wilde’s celebrated career, which was almost immediately cut short by a sudden public scandal, well-publicized trial, imprisonment and subsequent exile in France. The unexpected notoriety caused THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  into a sudden closing after only 86 performances. Brilliant productions have graced the stage ever since.

 

Directed by Edward Kuffert
Costume and wig design by John Gion
Costume Assistants Theresa Kerrigan, Jeri Garcia and Laura De Croocq
Lighting design by Liz Cooper
Set and properties design by Mark Holley

The cast, in the order of their appearance:

Lane, Manservant – John Howard
Algernon Moncrieff – Derek Brian Demkowicz
John Worthing, J. P. – Nick Bonges
Lady Bracknell – Susan McLaughlin-Karp
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax – Sahara Glasener-Boles
Cecily Cardew – Claire Hart
Miss Prism, Governess – Liz Cloud
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. – Bob Sanders
Merriman, Housekeeper, – Carol Alleman
A Footman – Max Grosshandler

March 15, 2019 – 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT
March 16, 2019 – 7:30 PM
March 17, 2019 – 3:00 PM (Sunday matinee) – Talk Back with the cast and director immediately following the performance
March 22, 2019 – 7:30 PM
March 23, 2019 – 7:30 PM
March 24. 2019 – 3:00 PM (Sunday matinee) Closing performance