The Importance of Being Earnest

Play by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives. John Worthing escapes the burdens of responsibility to have an exciting life in the city, pretending to be his fictitious younger brother Ernest. Algernon Moncrieff has invented a convenient invalid, Bunbury, whom he uses as an excuse to gallivant off to the country whenever he pleases. John falls in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen, and is determined to come clean, but when Gwendolen reveals she can only love a man named Ernest, it somewhat complicates things. When Algernon discovers John’s secret, he decides to visit John’s pretty little ward in the country and pose as the debauched “Ernest.”  Hijinks ensue! Then, the two gentlemen and their ladies are in for more than they ever anticipated when formidable Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s mother, begins sleuthing around to uncover the far-fetched truth. Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy captures with wit and charm the absurdity and delight of the Victorian “age of surfaces” (as Lady Bracknell calls it,) while capturing the struggle of four passionate lovers trying to conform to expectations and, in the most roundabout and delightfully funny way possible, love who they wish and live how they want.

March 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17.

Director – Cassey Bernstein

Matthew Scott
John Worthing
Beaux Coleman
Algernon Moncrief
Ben Simmons
Rev. Canon Chasuble
Mike Turner
Cullen Clark
Jason Barnett
Lady Bracknell
Michaela Harris
Gwendolen Fairfax
Nicole Goode
Cecily Cardew
Moira O'Connor
Miss Prism
Cassey Bernstein
Brady Cole
Assistant Director & Technical Director