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Importance of Being Earnest @ FSU
February 20, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most popular play.
First performed in 1895, the farcical comedy is also a satire on Victorian customs and behaviors.
Jack Worthing (played by Gary Hayes) has two lives to live–life as Earnest Worthing in the city and as Jack in the country. In the city Jack meets with his friend Algernon Moncrieff (Stephen Phillips) and over time falls in love with Algernon’s cousin Gwendolyn Fairfax (Shannon Yost), but she knows him as Earnest. In the country Jack is the guardian of Cecily Cardew (Ann Marie Witkowski), but Cecily believes Earnest is Jack’s brother whom she loves. Algernon discovers Jack’s secret and goes to the country to meet Cecily, but Algernon goes by Earnest. When the women discover the lies the men created, they put their proposals on hold, because the name Earnest is what caused them to fall in love. After finding the truth about Jack’s real parents, he then finds his real name is Earnest after all.
Also in the cast, Tyler Kovar plays Lady Bracknell; Samantha Young plays Miss Prism; David Kirk plays Dr. Chasuble; Audrey Moore plays Lane; and Kira Guier plays Merriman.