TSU Theater Dept. to present ‘Importance

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2000

of Being Earnest’ Friday and Saturday


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Troy State University’s Department of Speech and Theater will present Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Troy State University Adams Center Theater.

The play is one that provides fun and entertainment for the entire family, said Adena Moree, director of theater at TSU. "Children will enjoy the play as much as adults."

According to Moree, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a witty farce that is full of laughter and "manufactured mistaken identity."

"This play is one of the classic farces in all of literature," Moree said. "Oscar Wilde is noted for his wit and witticism. The story is about how important it is for two young men to be named Earnest because two beautiful girls will only marry a man named Earnest."

The production is set in 1895 when it was written and features the costume design of Rebecca Jarrell, who recently won the David Weiss Design Award in Region IV of the American College Theater Festival.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" is a romp – a lot of fun for the entire family and we would like to encourage everyone to join us for the presentation of this classic theater piece.

Members of the cast are familiar faces of the TSU theater and include Rebecca Abercrombie of Enterprise, portraying Miss Prism; Matthew Barbee of Blountstown, Fla, portraying Algernon; Shannon Bass of Graceville, Fla. portraying a maidservant; Casey Campbell of Ft. Drum, N.Y. portraying a maidservant; Bill Herring of Brinson, Ga, portraying Jack; Brannon Howell of Graceville portraying Merriman; Walter Laubenthal of Spanish Fort portraying a butler; Sarah Looney of Marion portraying Cecily; Georgia Mallory of Prattville portraying Gwendolyn; Lauren Patterson of Troy portraying a maidservant; Whitley Porter of Hernando, Miss. portraying Lady Bracknell; Todd Powell of Shalimar, Fla. portraying a butler; Jason Ramsey of Chancellor portraying Chausible; David Sewell of Ozark portraying Lane and Damon Willis of Newton portraying a butler.

The play is free for TSU students with their student ID card. Tickets for general admission are $5 and can be purchased at the Adams Center box office or at the door.