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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Sarah Lucht +^


Ayanna Berkshire +^

Algernon Moncrieff

Jamie M. Rea +

Jack Worthing

Linda Alper +^

Lady Bracknell

Kailey Rhodes

Gwendolyn Fairfax

Vana O'Brien +^

Miss Prism

Crystal Ann Muñoz +

Cecily Cardew

JoAnn Johnson +^

Rev. Chasuble

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

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Michael Mendelson +*^


Oscar Wilde


Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin ^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis Crosser #

Composer/Sound Designer: Jen Raynak

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Dialect Coach: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Props Master: Arianne Melton

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Karen Hill ±

Production Assistant: Megan Moll

Assistant Scenic Designer: Trevor Sargent

Board Operator: Alan Cline

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

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


"A daring take on a wilde play." - The New York Times

"THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is the rare work of art that achieves perfection on its own terms." - The New York Times

"Wilde's masterpiece is so legendarily evergreen, it practically performs itself." - Vulture

We believe you will like this show if you enjoyed THE LIAR and BLITHE SPIRIT.



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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


STUDY GUIDE! A great resource for all. Download it here.

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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