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OWU Comedy Production Illuminates 'The Importance of Being Earnest'


March 23, 2004

[ 'Earnest' Cast Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Importance of Being Earnest on the Mainstage of OWU's Chappelear Drama Center. Performance dates are March 26 and 27 and April 2, 3, and 4. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except the 2 p.m. Sunday, April 4, matinee.

Oscar Wilde's most famous play is a light comedy filled with frivolity, mistaken identities, deception, and romance. The popular and notorious play is a buoyant "verbal opera" and one of the greatest works of Modern Literature. Audiences have appreciated for decades the fast-paced humor and witty repartee between characters. Until his untimely death in 1900, Oscar Wilde eloquently and bravely challenged public standards and hypocrisy by poking fun at Victorian society in his works.

The colorful production includes a cast and crew of more than 25 OWU students and is directed by Ohio Wesleyan Theatre Professor Elane Denny-Todd. The set design is by Chad Knutson; lighting design by Jeff Gress; costume design by Jacqueline Shelley; and stage management by OWU sophomore Chris Andrus.

To reserve tickets, call the Ohio Wesleyan Theatre Department box office at 740-368-3855. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission, $6 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students.