The Importance of Being Earnest opens on the Mainstage on October 30.

Posted on: October 22, 2015

Wake Forest theatre professor Leah Elyce Roy is Lady Bracknell and business graduate student T.J. Beeker is Jack in the Wake Forest Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, photographed in Reynolda Hall on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The play opens on the Main Stage Theatre on October 30, 2015.

Wake Forest theatre professor Leah Elyce Roy is Lady Bracknell and business graduate student T.J. Beeker is Jack in the Wake Forest Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, photographed in Reynolda Hall on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The play opens on the Main Stage Theatre on October 30, 2015.

WFU Theatre Season to Continue with The Importance of Being Earnest

 

The Wake Forest University Theatre will continue its season with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which will be directed by Professor of Theatre Dr. Cindy Gendrich.

The immortal Oscar Wilde’s extravagantly witty masterpiece of handbags and train stations, cucumber sandwiches and frivolous deceptions, Bunburyists and christenings– and “Love.”

Along with Dr. Gendrich, several members of the WFU Theatre faculty are involved in the production. Scenic and lighting design will be by Rob Eastman-Mullins, Associate Professor of Theatre. Mary Wayne-Thomas, Professor of Theate, will be Costume Designer. Student Cheyenne Zuck (’18) is stage managing. Other students on the production team include Andrew Hayes (’16) as the assistant scenic designer; Branden Cook (’17) as Sound Designer; and Justice von Maur (’17) as Properties Master.   The cast consists of WFU students Philip Kayser, Heather Sullivan, Connor Sagerman, Caleb Cabiness, T.J. Beeker, Erin Farmer, Avery McClure and Anne Peyton Brothers as well as Associate Teaching Professor of Theatre Leah Elyce Roy.

There will be two post-performance discussions related to the production. Both will take place in the Mainstage Theatre following that day’s performance.

  • On Sunday, November 1, Dr. Kim Stern, a Wilde scholar from UNC, along with WFU Associate Professor of English Dr. Melissa Jenkins will join the director and members of the cast for a conversation about Wilde and Victorian literature and society.
  • On Thursday, November 5, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages Dr. Serena Witzke and Assistant Professor of Classical Languages Dr. Ted Gellar-Goad will join the director and members of the cast for a conversation about the influences of Roman comedy on The Importance of Being Earnest.

Performances are October 30-31 and November 5-7 at 7:30 PM and November 1 & 2 at 2:00 PM in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, and $7 students (price includes sales tax).

For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or purchase online. The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 PM and one hour prior to curtain on performance days.

WFDD Triad Arts Up-Close Interview with Cindy Gendrich and Leah Elyce Roy.