Tennessee Rep to Stage THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 10/12-26
Tennessee Repertory continues its 29th season of live, professional theatre with Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. The Importance of Being Earnest runs October 12 - 26 at TPAC's Johnson Theater (with preview performances October 10-11).
Earnest loves Gwendolyn. Cecily loves Earnest. What could possibly go wrong?
Double lives and double standards abound in this masterpiece of satirical wisdom where Jack and Algernon, two young men looking for escape from social obligations, pretend to be something that they are not. Things start to go awry when they both practice their deceptions at Cecily's country house at the same time and the two young ladies fear themselves rivals for the hand of one man. And then there is the formidable and unforgettable Lady Bracknell....
Considered one of the funniest plays in the English Language, Oscar Wilde's "Trivial Comedy for Serious People" skewers social customs and our obsession with keeping up appearances and social status making it no less relevant today than it was in Victorian times.
Oscar Wilde's masterpiece features Marin Miller in the role of Cecily and celebrates a unique piece of Tennessee Rep's history. Miller's mother (Mary Jane Harvill) played Cecily in the Southern Stages production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1984; Southern Stages would become Tennessee Repertory Theatre the next year.
Miller-Tennessee Rep's first second-generation actress-says, "In my humble opinion, I think this play by Oscar Wilde is one of the absolute funniest plays ever written in the English language, which is why it's been on my 'bucket list' forever. I can think of few prospects more delightful than getting paid to dress-up in frilly frocks and deliver hilarious and brilliantly-written dialogue in a British accent. Life is so good."
Since 1985, Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been a critically acclaimed regional theatre, creating the highest quality professional productions and by serving as a prime cultural, educational, and economic resource within the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Tennessee Rep produces work that is designed, built, and rehearsed in Nashville by highly skilled actors, designers, directors, and technicians. A non-profit organization, Tennessee Rep is committed to consistently delivering thought-provoking theatre each year while creating "Ah-ha!" moments that inspire empathy, prod intellectual and emotional engagement, and expand the creative capacity of audience and artists though the dynamic connection unique to Live Theatre. For more information on the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, please visit www.tennesseerep.org.