The Importance of Being Earnest

Season: 
Spring 2008
Type: 
Experimental Production
Author: 
Oscar Wilde
Date of run: 
Thursday, February 14, 2008 (All day) to Saturday, February 16, 2008 (All day)
Location: 
Yale Repertory Theatre See map
Description: 
Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” is a play of mistaken identities set in English high society in the 1890s. Earnest is built upon a pun over the name “Ernest.” John Worthing is “Jack” in the country and “Ernest” in the city. His friend, Algernon Moncrieff, is “Algy” in the city and “Ernest” in the country. The two young gentleman add excitement to their lives by “Bunburying”—­­a masquerade of Algernon’s design involving the invention of a fictitious relation. Their deceptions are soon uncovered, though, when they end up together in the country with would­be lovers Cecily and Gwendolyn, two blushing brides-­to-­be, both engaged to fictional men named Ernest – a name they each cherish, a name to which neither suitor has a legitimate claim. This hilarious verbal farce pits sincerity against style, and truth against illusion, to poke fun at “an age of surfaces.” With tongue firmly in cheek, Earnest reminds us to “treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.”
Director: 
Matthew Strother
Producer: 
Emma Griffin
Stage Manager: 
Tse Yang Lim
Lighting Designer: 
Sophie Wolfram
Set Designer: 
Emily Appelbaum
Sound Designer: 
Ian Walker
Costume Designer: 
Lily Rothman
Graphic Designer: 
Sarah Holdren
Props Master: 
Rachel Hansen
Master Electrician: 
Eva Bitran
Technical Director: 
Alison Adams
Sound Engineer: 
Patrick Dewechter
Member & Role: 
Jessica Dilworth -­ Paint Charge
Laura Vrana ­- Associate Producer
Amanda Vandenberg -­ Assistant Producer
Alice Walton -­ Assistant Producer
Catherine Schroeder -­ Assistant Technical Director
Marcus Parrish ­- Assistant Master Electrician
Sean Owczarek ­- Assistant Sound Engineer
Maureen Lloyd -­ Assistant Set Designer
Gary Jaffe -­ Assistant Lighting Designer
Erin Capistrano ­- Assistant Costume Designer
Elizabeth Rodrick ­- Assistant Costume Designer
Luke Kanter -­ Assistant Sound Designer
David Eisenman ­- Assistant Stage Manager
Eleni Christidis ­- Assistant Stage Manager
Davita Scarlett ­- Assistant Stage Manager
Joie Chen -­ Assistant Stage Manager
Katherine Rosenfeld ­- Sets Crew
Emily Howell -­ Sets Crew
Valerie Cervantes ­- Sets Crew
Hector Sueiro -­ Sets Crew
Daisy Long -­ Sets Crew
Reed Abrahamson -­ Sets Crew
Elysa Chao -­ Sets Crew
Gwynedd Davis ­- Sets Crew
Stephen Brandes -­ Lights Crew
Blair Lanier -­ Lights Crew
Jennica Best -­ Lights Crew
Julie Hersh -­ Lights Crew
Andrew Chittenden ­- Lights Crew
Victor Alquicira ­- Lights Crew
Maya Seidler -­ Costume Crew
Jennifer Werner -­ Costume Crew
Elizabeth Palazzolo ­- Costume Crew
Angelica Baker ­- Costume
Actor / Actress & Role: 
Bobby Allen ­- John Worthing
Brian Earp -­ Algernon Moncrieff
Andrew Ash -­ Rev. Canon Chasuble
David McIntosh ­- Lane/ Merriman
Felicia Ricci ­- Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Alexandra Trow -­ Cecily Cardew
Josh Odsess­-Rubin -­ Lady Augusta Bracknell
Susie Kemple ­- Miss Prism
Assistant Director: 
Cooper Lewis
Dramaturg: 
Courtney Massie