THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Receives Additional HD Screenings


Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce additional dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed & Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring 2011 Tony nominee Brian Bedford.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD will screen across the U.S. and internationally on Thursday, June 2, 2011 and varying dates through June 28. Digitally equipped movie theaters and performing arts centers throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, and throughout Europe have signed on to host special screenings.

This high-definition event brings the best of Broadway to movie audiences, and includes the added bonus of host David Hyde Pierce taking viewers backstage for special behind-the-scenes peek! Mr. Hyde Pierce says: "This delightful production of Earnest shouldn't be missed, and for the people who can't see it on Broadway, Broadway is coming to them."

Alfred Molina and Oscar Wilde expert Michael Hackett will discuss the writer and the man in an intermission special.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD was captured live in high-definition from Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.) and features the original cast of this new Broadway production.

The Importance of Being Earnest has been nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Brian Bedford) and Best Costumes (Desmond Heeley), three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actor (Brian Bedford) and Outstanding Costumes (Desmond Heeley); four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actor (Brian Bedford), Outstanding Set Design (Desmond Heeley) and Outstanding Costume Design (Desmond Heeley) and two Drama League Awards for Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance Award (Brian Bedford).

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

A full list of participating cinemas, exhibition dates and ticket prices is available at New venues & dates will continue to be added.

**New information marked in red.

The Loft Theater (Tuscon, AZ) - June 5
Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) - June 12

Downtown Independent (Los Angeles, CA) - June 9
The Gaslamp (San Diego, CA) - June 22, 23
James Bridges Theater at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) - June 2, 5, 23, 26
La Mirada Theatre (La Mirada, CA) - June 26
Lark Theater (Larkspur, CA) - June 6
Mann Theatre (Hollywood, CA) - June 2, 7
Rialto Cinema Cerrito (El Cerrito, CA) - June 2, 13
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) - June 2, 7
Rialto Cinemas Sixth Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA) - June 7, 14
Sierra Cinemas (Grass Valley, CA) - June 8
Sundance Kabuki (San Francisco, CA) - June 12, 13

Colorado Mountain College (Breckenridge, CO) - June 2
Michael D. Palm (Telluride, CO) - June 8

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (Old Saybrook, CT) - June 7
Quick Center for the Arts (Fairfield, CT) - June 4, 10

Cinemaworld Majestic (Vero Beach, FL) - June 2, 16

Douglass Theatre (Macon, GA) - June 5, 19

Kahala 8 Theater (Honolulu, HI) - June 16, 19

McKendree University (Lebanon, IL) - June 2
Music Box Theater (Chicago, IL) - June 9, 12

Notre Dame Browning Cinema (Notre Dame, IN) - June 28

Murdock Theatre (Wichita, KS) - June 2, 10

The Grand Auditorium (Ellsworth, ME) - June TBC
Leura Hill Eastman PAC, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg, ME) - June 2, 11
The Lincoln Theater (Damariscotta, ME) - June 2
The Strand (Rockland, ME) - June 2, 5, 7

Avalon Theatre (Easton, MD) - June 2

Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) - June 2, 18, 21, 26
Cape Cinema (Dennis, MA) - June 2
Coolidge Corner (Boston, MA) - June 2
Julie Harris Stage (Wellfleet, MA) - June 4, 11, 18, 25
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington, MA) - June 9
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) - June 18

Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor, MI) - June 2

Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) - June 6

Tivoli Cinemas (Kansas City, MO) - June 13, 19
Tivoli Theatre (St. Louis, MO) - June 4, 11

Roxy Theater (Missoula, MT) - June 23

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (Lincoln, NE) - June 9, 12

Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH) - June 24, 25
The Music Hall (Portsmouth, NH) - June 18, two showings

Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) - June 4

The Lensic (Santa Fe, NM) - June 2
Taos Community Auditorium (Taos, NM) - June 8, 17

Cinema Arts Center (Huntington, NY) - June 3
Cinema 123 (New York, NY) - June 2, 5
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) - June 22
John Drew Theater at Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY) - June 2
Kew Gardens Cinemas (Queens, NY) - June 2 two showings
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY) - June 11
Spectrum 8 Theatres (Albany, NY) - June 2, 5, 12, 13
Staller Center, SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY) - June 2
Time & Space Limited (Hudson, NY) - June 2, 4, 11, 12

Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem, NC) - June 2, 6
Lumina Theater at UNCW (Wilmington, NC) - June 2
Sunrise Theater (Southern Pines, NC) - June 2 two showings

Cedar Lee Theatre (Cleveland Height, OH) - June 22, 26

Circle Cinema (Tulsa, OK) - June 9

Newport Performing Arts Center (Newport, OR) - June 24
Third Rail Rep at the World Trade Center Theater (Portland, OR) - June 2, 12

Allentown Symphony Hall (Allentown, PA) - June 2, 10
Ambler Theater (Ambler, PA) - June 2, 5, 12
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) - June 2, 5
County Theater (Doylestown, PA) - June 2, 5
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) - June 2
Oaks Theater (Oakmont, PA) - June 2, 5

Jane Pickens Theater, Event Center (Newport, RI) - June 2

Paradiso Cinema (Memphis, TN) - June 12, 14

Angelika Film Center (Dallas, TX) - June 8, 9
Angelika Film Center (Plano, TX) - June 12, 14

Catamount Arts (St. Johnsbury, VT) - June 2, 4
Town Hall Theater/Opera Company (Middlebury, VT) - June 12

The Paramount Theater (Charlottesville, VA) - June 4 two showings

Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall (Washington, DC) - June 28

The Lincoln Theater (Mount Vernon, WA) - June 2, 12
Rose Theatre (Port Townsend, WA) - June 4, 11, 12, 18
SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) - June 2, 5, 12

Sundance Cinemas (Madison, WI) - June 25, 27

The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD cast features the original company of this new Broadway production featuring Dana Ivey as "Miss Prism," Paxton Whitehead as "Rev. Canon Chasuble," Santino Fontana as "Algernon Moncrieff," David Furr as "John Worthing," Tim MacDonald as "Merriman," Paul O'Brien as "Lane," Charlotte Parry as "Cecily Cardew," Sara Topham as "Gwendolen Fairfax" and Amanda Leigh Cobb as "Servant." The design team includes Desmond Heeley (Sets & Costumes), Duane Schuler (Lights) and Drew Levy (Sound).
Elysa Gardner of USA Today says "Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Wilde's most famous play is delightful! Bedford proves a perfect fit for Earnest's juiciest character". Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says: "The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production. It's one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness." Scott Brown of NY Magazine says Earnest is "Funny as hell!" And Charles Spencer of the London Telegraph exclaims: "Brian Bedford's production is the finest ‘Importance' I have ever seen."

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