WWU Drama Program Presents Oscar Wilde Play “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Diana Farnsworth is Guest Director for Production

By: David Crawford

Playwright Oscar Wilde

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” the classic comedy that has captured the hearts of generation after generation, is gliding onto wwudrama’s Village Hall stage. Wit and wisdom are a promise as guest directed Diana Farnsworth, who brought the Romeo and Juliet western to wwudrama last spring, skillfully guides the production.

TheatreMania says of the play: "Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy The Importance of Being Earnest…is a perfect piece of writing -- a verbal playground you wouldn't want to add a single word to or subtract a single word from.

To avoid family duties, Algernon Moncrieff (Andrew Woodruff), a bachelor-about-town, has invented Bunbury, a sick relative who frequently calls him away. His friend Jack Worthing (Joshua Haddock) has invented a wicked brother called Earnest to disguise his own misdemeanors. When Algernon poses as Earnest to woo the lovely Cecily Cardew (Nicole Im) and Jack poses as Earnest to woo the hand of Gwendolyn Fairfax (Katelyn Beck), confusion takes hold. It takes the discovery of an old black handbag and the formidable presence of Lady Bracknell (Caitlin Stoodley) before Jack and Algernon can discover the truth behind the deceit.

The show also stars Brandon Pierce, Jordan Stephan, Dustin Harter, and Elisa Westman.

The show opens December 1 at 8 p.m. and runs, December 2, 6, 8, and 9.
Box-office sales open November 25. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

For reservations or directions visit drama.wallawalla.edu.

wwudrama is a Walla Walla University Drama program established in 1961. They produce a variety of productions each year. For more information or reservations visit the program’s website at drama.wallawalla.edu.

For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, call David Crawford at (509)527-2641 or email david.crawford@wallawalla.edu.

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