Photo caption: Algernon (Colin Franko) and Cecily (Courtney McCreary) share a sweet moment under the knowing gaze of Dr. Chasuble (Byron Pritchett). Photo Credit: Eileen Walsh
The Keystone Players, a theatre group made up of students, alumni, administrators, faculty, and staff, will present The Importance of Being Earnest, a farcical comedy about honesty and impossible expectations.
When a man named Jack proposes to Gwendolen, the woman he loves, only two things threaten to ruin their happiness. First, is the fact that Jack has no parents, but was found in a handbag at a railway station as an infant, which does not please Gwendolen’s mother. The second problem is that Gwendolen has also fallen in love with Jack’s name…which she believes is Ernest. A comedy of errors ensues as Jack’s best friend, Algernon, also decides to take on the name of Ernest to aid in his own romantic endeavors.
While set at the end of the 19th century, Oscar Wilde’s most famous work transcends to the current day by poking fun at unrealistic relationship goals, stereotypical gender roles, the hypocrisy behind social niceties, and the general tendency people have to care more about appearance than truth. As Gwendolen points out in Act III, “When it comes to matters of importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”
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Jack Worthing – Kevin Burke
Gwendolen Fairfax – Olivia Strunk
Algernon Moncrief – Colin Franko
Cecily Cardew – Courtney McCreary
Lady Bracknell – Kristy Keller
Dr. Chasuble – Byron Pritchett
Miss Prism – Jamie Johnson
Lane – Stacey Wyland
Merriman – Lucas Taylor