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Playbill for The Importance of Being Earnest

“Witty, charming and elegant”

-New York Times

The Importance of Being Earnest

April 2- 14, 2019 

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Valerie Joyce


In Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play, a pair of wily bachelors masquerade as respectable gentleman to court the attentions of two well-dowried ladies. Gallant Jack and irreverent Algernon invent “Ernest” alter-egos to win the hearts of Cecily and Gwendolen, each of whom conveniently claims she’ll only marry a man by that name. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend, the men struggle to keep up with their stories and their plans go hilariously awry. With its witty wordplay, caustic commentary and blistering banter, Earnest  is a riotously funny farce for the ages. 


Tuesday, April 2, 8pm (Preview)

Wednesday, April 3, 8pm (Opening Night)

Thursday, April 4, 8pm

Friday, April 5, 8pm

Saturday, April 6, 8pm

Sunday, April 7, 2pm


Tuesday, April 9, 8pm

Wednesday, April 10, 8pm (Wine Down Wednesday)

Thursday, April 11, 8pm (Speaker's Night)

Friday, April 12, 8pm

Saturday, April 13 8pm

Sunday, April 14, 2pm (Closing)

Production Staff

Director: Valerie Joyce

Scenic Designer: Nick Embree

Costume Designer: Janus Stefanowicz

Lighting Designer: Jerold R. Forsyth

Sound Designer: John Stovicek

Dialect Coach: Neill Hartley

Movement Coach: Steve Smith

Dramaturg: Kristin Curley

Stage Manager: CJ Miller


John “Jack” Worthing: Harold Dietrich

Algernon Moncrieff: Ethan Mitchell

 Rev. Canon Chasuble: Jerald Bennett

Lane/Merriman: Kale Thompson

Lady Bracknell : Amy Abrigo

Gwendolen Fairfax: Mina Kawahara

Cecily Cardew: Mary Lyon

Miss Prism: Tina Lynch

Dramaturgical Resources

View Dramaturg Kristin Curley's resource website here.

Click here to view the Educational Study Guide!

View photos of Kristin's lobby display below:

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