The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Michael Mendelson

May 16, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Alder Stage

An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads this production of Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status. Lovely Gwendolyn and adorable Cecily don’t care who they marry as long as his name is Earnest (so manly and respectable!). Jack and Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to ditch their given names to bamboozle their way into the ladies’ hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, agog and practically apoplectic, but her efforts to impose propriety prove useless against Cupid’s earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are served.

  • “A trivial comedy for serious people.” - Oscar Wilde
  • A fresh take on an enduring farcical masterpiece 
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Cast

Linda Alper +^

Lady Bracknell

Ayanna Berkshire +^

Algernon

JoAnn Johnson +^

Rev. Chasuble

Sarah Lucht +^

Merriman/Lane

Crystal Ann Muñoz ±

Cecily

Vana O'Brien +^

Miss Prism

Jamie Rea

Jack/Earnest

Kailey Rhodes

Gwendolyn

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Director

Michael Mendelson +^

Playwright

Oscar Wilde

Production

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin ^

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Dialect Coach: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Press

"A daring take on a wilde play." - The New York Times
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"THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is the rare work of art that achieves perfection on its own terms." - The New York Times
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"Wilde's masterpiece is so legendarily evergreen, it practically performs itself." - Vulture
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We believe you will like this show if you enjoyed THE LIAR and BLITHE SPIRIT.

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Special Events

May 16
Preview+ Day 1: $10 tickets

May 17
Preview+ Day 2: $25 tickets + slice of HotLips Pizza

May 18
Preview+ Day 3: $25 tickets + Lagunitas beer

May 19
Preview+ Day 4: $25 tickets+Happy Hour+Music!

May 21
Post show discussion after 2pm matinee

May 28
Post show discussion after 2pm matinee

May 22
7pm - Science on Tap presents: The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love, at Artists Rep

May 31
Post show discussion after 12pm matinee

June 4
Post show discussion after 2pm matinee
7:30pm open captioned performance

June 6
p:ear Partner night!
$40 tix/$20 goes to p:ear

June 10
2pm ASL interpreted performance
10pm Late Night Piano Bar

June 11
Post show discussion after 2pm matinee

Resources

Learn about the playwright's life by visiting here and here.

A fascinating comparison between the playwright's life and the tragedy in Orlando can be found here.

Discover a past production of the play's musical adaptation, performed with an all-women cast, here.

Keep tabs on an all-women cast performing the play this upcoming Fall by visiting here.

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