New Hampshire Theatre Project 2017-2018 Season
The Importance of Being Earnest
"A Trivial Comedy for Serious People"
NHTP Senior Youth Repertory Company
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Robin Fowler
March 23-31, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7 pm, Sunday, March 25 @ 2 pm
General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $16
"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about." - Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest is one of Oscar Wilde's last and greatest works. A scathing indictment of the posh ruling class, the play is filled with subversive imagery, both obvious and subliminal. Just months after its first performance, Wilde was arrested, tried, and sentenced to two years hard labor for "gross indecency." For all its sharp wit and pointed satire, this is still a wonderfully simple and funny play about two women who fall in love with two men who are not named Earnest. The issues of class, status, family, sexuality, and relationships in The Importance of Being Earnest are still in the news almost every day, still shockingly relevant.
Director Robin Fowler says: “Because The Importance of Being Earnest feels so contemporary, I couldn’t resist the temptation to lift the play from its Victorian surroundings and replant it in the world of 1960’s fashion modeling; the world of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, pale skin, high-contrast makeup, and smoldering looks. A time when style was king and glamour was queen.”
A cast of 7 hard-working teens will take the stage by storm. The Importance of Being Earnest features Sebastian Logue, Annika Strand, and Abi Wool all of Portsmouth, along with Connor Adams of Eliot, Sarah Hoskins of Rye, Eliza Klein of North Hampton, and Liev Manck of Durham. Youth Rep alumni Brennan Donnell of Exeter will also make a cameo appearance. The production team for The Importance of Being Earnest includes director Robin Fowler, a Youth Repertory Company alumni; stage management and costume design by Rachel Vilandre; with set and lighting design by Meghann Beauchamp.