The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s trivial comedy for serious people. It’s a devilishly entertaining satire of the upper class about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers’ entanglements…and it’s probably one of the wittiest comedies in the English language. Pandemonium breaks out when the fictitious “Ernest” is involved. Can anyone save the day? Directed by A.J. Allegra.

Run time is approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission between Act I and Act II.

 

Executive Producers:

Katherine and Tony Gelderman
​Kathleen and Charlie Van Horn

 

L-R: Rohan Padmakumar, Noah Hazzard

L-R: Tracey E. Collins, Noah Hazzard, Bethany Lee

L-R: David W. Hoover, Queen Shereen Macklin

L-R: Yvette Bourgeois, Rohan Padmakumar

L-R: Matthew Rigdon, Kyle Daigrepont, Yvette Bourgeois, Rohan Padmakumar, Noah Hazzard, Bethany Lee, David W. Hoover, Queen Shereen Macklin, Tracy E. Collins, Aidan Caliva

Le Petit programming is supported in part by Joy and Boysie Bollinger, The Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation, The RosaMary Foundation, The Rosemary B. and Brunswick G. Deutsch Foundation for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The Selley Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Programming is also supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperating with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored in part by WWNO 89.9 FM.

Production Photos by Brittney Werner

Cast

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Yvette Bourgeois ……………… Cecily Cardew

Tracey E. Collins ………………. Lady Bracknell

Kyle Daigrepont ……………….. Lane/Merriman

Noah Hazzard ………………….. John “Jack” Worthing

David W. Hoover …………….. Rev. Canon Chasuble

Bethany Lee …………………….. The Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax

Queen Shereen Macklin …. Miss Prism

Rohan Padmakumar ……… Algernon Moncrieff

Creative Team

AJ Allegra …………………… Director

Rachel Laufer ……………. Assistant Director

Joan Long ………………….. Scenic Designer

Kaci Thomassie ………… Costume Designer

Daniel Zimmer …………… Lighting Designer

Jamie Doyle ……………….. Sound Designer

Amy Chaffee ……………… Dialect Designer/Coach

Laurin Hart ………………… Wig/Hair/Makeup Designer

Deborah Bommer-Morrissey …. Props Designer

Reviews

Check out Brad Rhines’ review from the Times-Picayune/Advocate on nola.com here. “The cast and crew lean into Wilde’s signature wit and style while also ramping up the play’s inherent humor to the point of comic ridiculousness. The result is a fun and fast-paced farce that manages to appear finely tailored while it’s not-so-quietly bursting at the seams.”

Aura Bishop from Out All Day: New Orleans also gave Earnest a great review. “The lush period costumes (designed by Kaci Thomassie) and the elaborate set (scenic designer Joan Long) were a great escape to another place and time.” Read the whole review here.

Rohan Padmakumar and Tracey E. Collins stopped by the WVUE FOX 8 studios and spoke with Shelby Latino about The Importance of Being Earnest. If you missed it live, you can watch it here.

“A witty Oscar Wilde classic will be staged at Le Petit” write-up about Earnest from Victor Andrews at the Times-Picayune/Advocate/nola.com – read the article here

“Oscar Wilde’s trivial comedy for serious people brings laughs to the Le Petit stage this month” write-up about Earnest on The New Orleans 100 – read the article here



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