NDNU Theatre Students Discover “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Belmont, CA, April 7, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a sharp-edged comedy that is considered Wilde’s most popular play. The satire, which is filled with witty dialogue, physical comedy and moments of comic, sentimental drama, will be performed in a limited engagement from April 16-25 in the NDNU Theatre 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont.

The Importance of Being Earnest has been popular with audiences of all ages since its first production in London in 1895. It follows the harrowing romances of two hapless gentlemen, Algernon Moncreiff and Jack Worthing, who, having grown tired of their restrictive lifestyles, create a series of elaborate lies that lead to a twisted labyrinth of conflict and hilarity. Confronted by the rules and demands of Victorian Society, they inevitably succumb to the demands of their true loves, eventually realizing the true importance of being earnest. Filled with razor sharp wit and humor, this visually sumptuous production is sure to bring laughter and merriment to its audiences.

The student cast includes Ian Hazdovac, John Paul Manfredi, Seamus Donohoe, Sarah Lopez, Maddox Pratt, Nichole Rodrigues, Margaret Gorrell, Harrison Hapin, John Ballas and Elyssa Hawkins. Lauren Tannous is Assistant Director and Jennifer Salmeron is Stage Manager.

Working with department chair and director Michael B. Elkins on the production are several: Scenic Designer and Technical Director R. Dutch Fritz; Costume Designer Babara Kassel; Lighting and Sound Designer William Springhorn; Make-up and Wig Designer Jennifer Earlywine. Music Supervision is by Larry Rice. Patty Lawler has provided original music and lyrics for the production.

Performances are April 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2:00 p.m. General admission is $10. Tickets and Information for The Importance of Being Earnest can be obtained by calling the NDNU Theatre Box Office at 650-508-3456 or by emailing boxoffice@ndnu.edu.