GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s famous play The Importance of Being Earnest at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 to 25 and Mar. 1 to 4, 2017 in the Jean Weidner Theatre of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The play will be directed by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Prof. John Mariano.
Set in London and the English countryside during the late 19th century, The Importance of Being Earnest is a both a whimsical romantic comedy and a sharp-witted satire of Victorian society. The story follows two young gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief, under the guise of a “fictitious” brother named Ernest as they seek the love of the ravishing Gwendolyn and an attractive ward, Cecily. All goes well until both couples end up at the same country estate.
Prof. Mariano says the play is one of his favorites. “Oscar Wilde is a fascinating figure and this play is his masterpiece,” said Mariano. “Wilde elevates the British comedy of manners to its greatest heights. The play has been produced around the world since its first production and continues to shine its comic light on the distance between our public image and our private selves.”
Mariano says one of the great things about his job is that he gets to tackle projects that give him the opportunity to work with students on enduring pieces of theater like this brilliant and very funny play.
- Algernon Moncrieff: Joey Prestley
- Jack Worthing: Andrew Delaurelle
- Gwendolen Fairfax: Andrea Kuhlow
- Cecily Cardew: Emily Ahrens
- Lady Bracknell: Cherran Dea Rasmovicz
- Miss Prism: Guinevere Casper
- Canon Chasuble: Evan Ash
- Lane / Merriman: Luke Martinez
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and UW-Green Bay students. Purchase tickets now at the University Ticketing and Information Center, online at http://www.ticketstaronline.com/events/detail/the-importance-of-being-earnest or by calling 920-465-2400.
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