BGSU presents ‘The Importance of Being Earnest'

Kaitlyn Majoy as Cecily Cardew and D.J. Gierhart as Algernon Moncrieff in BGSU’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Dr. Jonathan ChambersBOWLING GREEN, O.—The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film presents Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” Dec. 3-6.

Performances will be held in the Joe E. Brown Theatre, located in University Hall on the BGSU campus. Evening performances Thursday through Saturday will begin at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

Considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement, “Earnest” is a witty satire of Victorian social hypocrisy. The plot revolves around Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncrieff (and their secret alter egos) in what many consider to be the most ingenious case of "manufactured" mistaken identity ever put into a play. This production may not be suitable for all audiences.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is directed by theatre and film faculty member Dr. Jonathan Chambers of Bowling Green and features a cast that includes senior theatre majors Ali Schmidt of Toledo, Travis Cook of Waynesville and Kaitlyn Majoy of Reynoldsburg; theatre doctoral students Lance Mekeel of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Stephen Harrick of Edwardsville, Ill., Darin Kerr of Grand Forks, N.D., and Chanelle Vigue of Richmond, Va.; and senior film production major D.J. Gierhart of Upper Sandusky.

Sophomore theatre major Sarah Knoke of Dayton is the stage manager for the production, while senior theatre major Cassie Guion of Ashland is assistant stage manager.

Single tickets are $12 for students/adults, $6 for children under 12 and $5 for senior citizens ages 65 and older. Group rates are available. Contact the BGSU theatre box office at 419-372-2719 for more information or to purchase tickets.

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(Posted November 19, 2009 )