Willamette University presents "The Importance of Being Earnest"

SALEM, Ore. -- Willamette University Theatre is proud to announce its first show of the 2007-08 season. Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 4-6 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., with a preview performance Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. All performances will be in Willamette's Kresge Theatre.

Wilde's final and most recognized play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," is a masterpiece of modern comedy. More than a century later, it is a respected and studied piece of literature as well as a favorite with audiences.

The play tells the tale of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, young men who have taken to bending the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, who he uses to escape from his dull home in the country to frolic in town. Algernon uses the same technique, only in reverse; his imaginary friend, Bunbury, provides a way to pursue adventures in the country. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.

The play will be directed by Theatre Department Co-chair Susan Coromel and feature guest artist Raissa Fleming as Lady Bracknell. Theatre Department Co-Chair Chris Harris will conceive the visual surroundings, Bobby Brewer-Wallin will create period costumes and Technical Director Rachel Steck will serve as lighting designer.

To purchase tickets, contact the Willamette University Box Office at (503) 370-6221 or go online. Opening night is $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Most other evening performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Please contact the box office for specific prices. Willamette University is at 900 State in Salem. For more information contact the Theatre Department at
(503) 370-6222 or visit our website.