The Forum Players, the student based acting group at Genesee Community College will present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest on October 7, 8, and 9, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Wilde's brilliant satire of Victorian social hypocrisy is considered to be his greatest dramatic achievement. The play is directed by local resident Steve Vaughan.
Performed in 1895 and published in 1899, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, originated as a play in three acts. Wilde's trio of distinctive plays spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890's. Dispensing with politeness and social convention through farcical dialogue, he unleashed his comic criticism on all types of hypocrisies when he created the characters of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief, two men whom are attempting to "pull a fast one" on their girlfriends. Throw in a misplaced bag with a baby inside, an overbearing British matriarch, and a Governess with a past, and you have the recipe for laugh-out-loud comedy.
Alexander resident, Steve Vaughan, who most recently directed the Forum Players 2001 production of William Inge's, Picnic, is directing this play. Mr. Vaughan has a variety of stage, television, and teaching experience. He has appeared in and choreographed stage combat for Shakespeare in Delaware Park and at Artpark in Lewiston, New York. He is an instructor at Niagara University and serves as school coordinator at the Theatre of Youth in Buffalo, New York.
Tickets for The Importance of Being Earnest are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814, or order tickets on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org.