The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
September 12 - November 08, 2009
Wurtele Thrust Stage

In Oscar Wilde's most perfect comedy, loved for its sensational characters and popular one-liners, young bachelors Jack and Algernon each assume a pseudonym to woo the women who have won their hearts. Abandoned in London's Victoria Station as an infant and now living in a country manor, Jack has fallen in love with Algernon's cousin Gwendolen, the daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell. In order to meet with her in London he invents "Ernest," a fictitious brother who demands his attention in the city. Meanwhile Algernon escapes his obligations in London to visit his friend "Bunbury" in the country. There Algernon meets and falls in love with Jack's ward Cecily, and the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion. When each gentleman is forced to unwind his web of lies and reveal himself to the ladies - and in Jack's case, his parentage to Lady Bracknell - being earnest takes new meaning.

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Run time

2 hours and 19 minutes including one intermission


Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater


Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Heidi Armbruster
Rev. Canon
Frederick Chasuble, D.D.
Richard S. Iglewski
Cecily Cardew
Erin Krakow
John (Jack) Worthing, J.P.
Nick Mennell
Lane / Merriman
Kris L. Nelson
Algernon Moncrieff
John Skelley
Lady Bracknell Linda Thorson
Miss Laetitia Prism
Suzanne Warmanen

Artistic Staff

Joe Dowling
Set Designer
Walt Spangler
Costume Designer
Mathew J. LeFebvre
Lighting Designer
Allen Lee Hughes
Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
Music Consultant
Adam Wernick
 Dramaturgy Michael Lupu
  Voice and Dialect Coach
Lucinda Holshue
Marcela Lorca
Production Stage Manager
Russell W. Johnson
Assistant Stage Managers
Michele Harms
Justin Hossle
Assistant Director
Dionne Laviolette

Photo Gallery

production photos by Michal Daniel