The Importance of Being Earnest

v c u arts students on stage

The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde

October 6th-9th, 2022

Direction – Sharon Ott
Scenic Design: Chris Raintree and Jenn Pallas
Costume Design: Chris Goode
Lighting Design: BJ Wilkinson
Sound Design: Thomas Vecchione
Props Charge: Rae Robinson
Technical Director: Preston Spence
Dialect Coach: Harrison Runion
Production Stage Manager: Crimson Piazza
Assistant Director: Jackson Tijerina
Dramaturgy: Denise Folley
Production Supervisor: Bonnie Brady

ABOUT “The Importance of Being Earnest”

VCUarts Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and entangled lovers. This wildly entertaining comedy still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere with its rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters, and has been called “the most perfect comedy in the English language” by the London Telegraph.

Subtitled, “A trivial comedy for serious people”, The Importance of Being Earnest is full of dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. The story follows a group of people in high society London in the late nineteenth century. Two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff both create alter egos under the name of Ernest, and each attempts to win the heart of a woman (who conveniently claim to only love men called Ernest). They struggle to keep their stories straight, and as chaos ensues, they find themselves tangled in a tale of deception, disguise, and misadventure. The audience is forced to ask – will these men ever find out the vital importance of being earnest?