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The Importance of Being Earnest

 

The Importance of Being Earnest Summer Radio Theatre

The LSU School of Theatre, Swine Palace and KLSU 91.1 present Oscar Wilde's most enduringly popular 19th century British romantic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in a radio production.

Featuring a cast of the MFA acting company and faculty, Oscar Wilde's timeless, fresh, and hilarious masterpiece  "The Importance of Being Earnest" was broadcast on 91.1 KLSU FM on July 26, 2020. Follow the link below for this wonderful audio production.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST audio play

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is one of the great comedies in all dramatic literature, a crowd pleasing, almost absurdist farce with a biting layer of satire dancing underneath the jokes and wit that just never quit. Wilde’s greatest play offers a running commentary on class, money, family, marriage and relationships, economics, social hypocrisy, education, religion, the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of commerce in late Victorian England. But it is fresh, timeless and timely for an American audience contending with a country divided between those who have and those who have not, those who question authority, truth and even morality that seems lost in vanity and hypocrisy on every side.

BIOGRAPHY - OSCAR WILDE

Oscar Wilde
Wilde was an Anglo-Irish novelist,
playwright, poet and critic, and a
celebrityin late 19th-century London.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. His father was a successful surgeon and his mother a writer and literary hostess. Wilde was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. While at Oxford, Wilde became involved in the aesthetic movement. After he graduated, he moved to London to pursue a literary career.

His output was diverse. A first volume of his poetry was published in 1881 but as well as composing verse, he contributed to publications such as the 'Pall Mall Gazette', wrote fairy stories and published a novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1891). His greatest talent was for writing plays, and he produced a string of extremely popular comedies including 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (1892), 'An Ideal Husband (1895)' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1895). 'Salomé' was performed in Paris in 1896.

Drama and tragedy marred Wilde's private life. He married Constance Lloyd in 1884 and they had two sons, but in 1891 Wilde began an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed 'Bosie'. In April 1895, Wilde sued Bosie's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, for libel, after the Marquis has accused him of being homosexual. Wilde lost and, after details of his private life were revealed during the trial, was arrested and tried for gross indecency. He was sentenced to two years of hard labour. While in prison he composed a long letter to Douglas, posthumously published under the title 'De Profundis' . His wife took their children to Switzerland and adopted the name 'Holland'. Wilde was released with his health irrevocably damaged and his reputation ruined. He spent the rest of his life in Europe, publishing 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' in 1898. He died in Paris on 30 November 1900. - BBC

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Credits

The cast, in order of appearance:

Lane, a Manservant played by CHRIS GILLY FORRER
Algernon Moncrieff played by HENRY SOUTHWICK
John Worthing played by MANUEL SANDRIDGE
Lady Bracknell played by SHANNON WALSH
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax played by KAITLIN KERR
Merriman, a Butler played by CHRIS GILLY FORRER
Cecily Cardew played by TIFFANY GILLY FORRER
Miss Prism, a Governess played by VICTORIA MYSSIK
Rev. Canon Chasuble played by ALAN WHITE

The production was directed by:
George Judy with the assistance of Chris Forrer

Original Music and Sound Design by:
Jeremiah Turner with the assistance of Anna Johnson and Zoey Young

Vocal Consultation by:
Rockford Sansom

For the School of Theatre and Swine Palace:
Kristin Sosnowsky, Vastine Stabler and the LSU promotion team
For the College of Music and Dramatic Arts
Dean Todd Queen

For KLSU
KLSU Station Manager Jimmy Lloyd,
Promotions Director Alison Redmann,
Digital Director Grace Owen,
Production Director Aubry Procell,
Assistant Production Director Logan Cullop,
and Director of Student Media John R. Friscia

SPECIAL THANKS TO PROFESSORS TARA HOUSTON AND JEREMY BERNARDONI FOR SHARING THEIR BEAUTIFUL DESIGN WORK IN OUR ZOOM PREVIEW HOURS AND SPECIAL GUEST KEVIN RICH, Director and Professor at University of Colorado

On KLSU 91.1 July 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

More Information

Vastine Stabler
LSU School of Theatre
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