The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

April 21 - May 7, 2023

Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, was once called by critic W.H. Auden, “the only pure verbal opera in English.”

Cast & Production


Gwendolyn Fairfax
Erin Tetour
Cecily Cardew
Hannah Brown
Miss Prism
Holly Sloan-Parrish
Lady Bracknell
Jennifer Biel Franco
Jack Worthing
Matthew Leptich
Leo Kalisz
Algernon Moncrief
Nat Brautigam
Rich Krapf
Rev. Canon Chasuble
Robert Cunningham

Creative Team

Oscar Wilde
Fran Jansta
Mark Audrain
Stage Manager
Jane Hausman
Scenic and Lighting Design
Mark Audrain
Sound Design
Guy Finley
Costume Design
Trish Jansta
Stage Crew
Kristin Kirkegaard
Dee Baum
Lighting Operator
Harold Newton
Iva Trocke
Guy Finley

Meet the Cast

In Rehearsal

About the Show

Earnest tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, who each live a double life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives. John Worthing escapes the burdens of responsibility to have an exciting life in the city, pretending to be his fictitious younger brother Ernest. Algernon Moncrieff, meanwhile, has invented a convenient invalid, Bunbury, whom he uses as an excuse to gallivant off to the country whenever he pleases. When John falls in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen, he is determined to come clean, but when Gwendolen reveals she can only love a man named Ernest, it somewhat complicates things. When Algernon discovers John’s secret and decides to visit John’s pretty little ward in the country, posing as the debauched “Ernest,” the situation gets entirely more complicated! Hijinks ensue, and the two gentlemen and their ladies are in for more than they ever anticipated when formidable Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s mother, begins sleuthing around to uncover the far-fetched truth. Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy captures with wit and charm the absurdity and delight of the Victorian “age of surfaces” (as Lady Bracknell calls it,) while capturing the struggle of four passionate lovers trying to conform to expectations and, in the most roundabout and delightfully funny way possible, love who they wish and live how they want. — StageAgent

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