Professor Barb Blackledge and company opened the Theater-by-the-Grove season with a record attendance for Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest on Thursday night, October 1, 2009. The night was sold out, and a few sad patrons were even turned away. Larger-than-usual audiences attended performances Thursday through Sunday as well.
The Importance of Being Earnest comically reveals the adventures, mischief, and drama involved when two friends both lead double lives. More information can be found at the Lively Arts. Performances continue Wednesday, October 7, through Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m. in Waller Hall.
Senior double major (Theater and Psychology) Addam Wawrzonek, pictured at right, plays Algernon, a “playboy” of the roaring 20’s in London. His love interest, Cecily, is played by junior Amanda Hohman, who is in the Musical Theater track of the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts degree. In the second act, Algernon goes to the country estate of his friend Earnest Worthing to discover all kinds of comic misadventure.
Senior Theater major Jake Santina’s costume design is beautifully realized in this production that resets Wilde’s play into 1925. “1925 gave me a great fashion period to work in,” says Santina. The cut of clothing changes dramatically in that year, providing lots of opportunty for costumes that reflect the strong, comic characters. Santina also used the abrupt change of fashion to distinguish the city characters from those in the country. Santina’s design is entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competition for student designers.
Department of Theater and Dance