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Wittenberg Theatre Department Presents The Importance Of Being Earnest

September 20, 2012  
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Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance presents its first mainstage production of the 2012-13 academic year, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Jason Podplesky, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 4-6 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 905 Woodlawn Ave.

First performed in 1895, Wilde’s final play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is an absurd comedy about Victorian courtship and manners that includes assumed names, mistaken lovers and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends who are courting ladies who think their names are Earnest – a name which inspires absolute confidence. According to an entry on the website Wikipedia, “Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.”

Actors include students Ian Chadd, class of 2013 from Xenia, Ohio, as Jack Worthington; Eric Werner, class of 2013 from Cincinnati, Ohio, as Algernon Moncrieff; Rachel Moore, class of 2015 from Newark, Ohio, as Gwendolen Fairfax; Sarah Van Deusen, class of 2016 from Chattanooga, Tenn., as Cecily Cardew; Carl Burgason, class of 2016 from Hilliard, Ohio, as Lady Bracknell; Adrienne Stout, class of 2014 from Owatonna, Minn., as Miss Prism; Aaron Glen, class of 2014 from Chicago, Ill., as Dr. Chasuble; Corey Ragan, class of 2015 from Columbus, Ohio, as Lane; and Jocelyn Odell, class of 2016 from Severna Park, Md., as Merriman.

Podplesky received a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the College-Conservatoy of Music, the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Otterbein College, and he has directed numerous plays in Cincinnati and New York City.

Tickets cost $5 each – Wittenberg students receive one free ticket by presenting their ID card. Tickets go on sale in the Benham-Pence Student Center Service Center, 937-327-7443, 10 days before the performances begin and one hour prior to each performance.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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