The Importance of Being Earnest
- By Oscar Wilde
- Directed by Nancy Wright
- Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc
Run: March 15 – 23, 2019
It’s 2019, and two single women — Gwendolen from Chicago and Cecily from Door County, Wisconsin — believe they’re engaged to a man named Ernest Worthing. And they’ve updated their social media accounts accordingly.
But there’s no such person. To escape their real identities, Jack pretends to be Ernest, and so does Algernon. Moreover, both Gwendolen and Cecily believe they could never love a man who wasn’t named Ernest. Enter Mrs. Bracknell, a senator’s wife, who believes that love exists only to advance one’s social or political status.
By setting Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy in our modern world, we celebrate the way smartphones and social media intensify self-absorption and the search for approval — not to mention how easy it is to pretend to be someone better than the person one really is. Get ready for selfies, tweets, Instagram, and Uber drivers!