"The Importance of Being Earnest" opens May 29

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The Department of Theater and Dance will present Oscar Wilde’s classic drawing room comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” May 29-June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and June 2 at 2 p.m. in Yulman Theater.

Subtitled a “Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” the play was written and first produced in 1895. Set in high-society Victorian England, it centers around the relationships of the main characters Jack, portrayed by Daniel Grogan ’20, and Algernon, played by Ross DeMarco ’19.

Its hallmarks include dazzling word play, unlikely situations, and a whirlwind of ironic, humorous and unforgettable love predicaments.

Marcus Dean Fuller, a Yale Drama School graduate, returns to campus to direct the production after directing his first Union show last spring, “An Enemy of the People.”

“The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a hilarious comedy,” says Sophie Hurwitz ’21, a theater and biochemistry double major. “It’s been exciting to be able to develop as an actor by working on a comedy. It's something I've put a lot of work into, and I hope others get as much joy out of watching it as I get being in it.”

The cast also includes John Jiang ’21, Erick Miron ’22, Helen Smith ’22, Anat Tewari ’19, Mia Villeneuve ’22 and Emma Youmans ’20.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (518) 388-6545 or in person Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. General admission is $10. Union student, faculty and staff tickets are $7. There is no charge for first-year students on Wednesday, May 29.