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Otterbein University Threate Presents The Importance of Being Earnest

February 14, 2014

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Theatre presents the Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6; 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9; and 8 p.m. on March 7-8 and March 13-15 at the Fritsche Theatre at Roush Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $18. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

Cucumber sandwiches and petticoats set the environment for Oscar Wilde’s classic British farce on the aristocracy, which has become a standard of the English and American theatres. Though set at the turn of the 20th century, this comedy has stood the test of time thanks to the Picture of Dorian Gray author’s sharp commentary on upper-class society. Having most recently been revived on Broadway in 2011, audiences are sure to have an earnestly good time.

The Importance of Being Earnest will mark professor and lighting designer Dana White’s last production before he retires in May. White has been on the faculty of the Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance since 1993, teaching courses in lighting and sound, stage management, and introduction to theatre. His recent designs for Otterbein include Speed-The-Plow; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Noises Off; Wild Party; Pippin; and more than 50 other projects in the last 20 years. He is a resident artist for the Purple Rose Theatre Company, where he designed lighting for several world premier productions, including Raindance and Book of Days, both by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Lanford Wilson; the 2011 Pulitzer-nominated play, Gravity, by David MacGregor; and Guest Artist by Jeff Daniels, which was the 2006 runner-up for The American Theatre Critics Association National Award for Best New Play. He lit Escanaba in da Moonlight; Norma and Wanda; and All Night Strut! at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. His work has also been seen at the Williamston Theatre Company and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Local credits include designs for CATCO and Columbus Dance Theatre.

Tickets for The Importance of Being Earnest are $18 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. Student Rush discounts are available one hour prior to curtain, pending ticket availability. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

DETAILS:

Otterbein University Theatre presents:
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
March 6-9 and March 13-15, 2014
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Christina Kirk
Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson
Costume Designer: Rebecca White
Lighting Designer: Dana White
Sound Designer: Dana White & the Sound Design Class

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST

  • Jack WorthingJames Sanders
  • Algernon MoncrieffJordan Donica
  • Gwendolen FairfaxMadison Tinder
  • Cecily CardewHaley Jones
  • Lady BracknellMelanie Sierra
  • Miss PrismAfton Welch
  • Dr. ChasubleKyle Hansen
  • LanePeter Moses
  • MerrimanEvan Moore-Coll

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Thursday, March 6* 7:30 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Friday, March 7 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Saturday, March 8 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Sunday, March 9 2 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Thursday, March 13 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Friday, March 14 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Saturday, March 15 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall,
30 S. Grove St., Westerville

* Opening night, reception to follow performance

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Jordan Donica (Algernon Moncrieff) and James Sanders (John Worthing, aka Jack) in the Otterbein University Theatre & Dance production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo Credit: Ed Syguda

The Importance of Being Earnest

Madison Tinder (Gwendolen Fairfax) and Haley Jones (Cecily Cardew) in the Otterbein University Theatre & Dance production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo Credit: Ed Syguda

The Importance of Being Earnest

Jordan Donica (Algernon Moncrieff), Haley Jones (Cecily Cardew), Madison Tinder (Gwendolen Fairfax), and James Sanders (John Worthing, aka Jack) in the Otterbein University Theatre & Dance production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo Credit: Ed Syguda

The Importance of Being Earnest

Madison Tinder (Gwendolen Fairfax) and James Sanders (John Worthing, aka Jack) in the Otterbein University Theatre & Dance production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo Credit: Ed Syguda

The Importance of Being Earnest

Jordan Donica (Algernon Moncrieff) and Haley Jones (Cecily Cardew) in the Otterbein University Theatre & Dance production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo Credit: Ed Syguda

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