The social satire “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde is the third production of the 2004-2005 academic year at William Woods University. Set in 1890s England, the story centers around “the most ingenious case of manufactured mistaken identity ever put into a play,” stated Samuel French, Inc.
The play focuses on Algy and Jack’s discovery that they have both been assuming different identities in order to enjoy themselves in a guilt-free manner with a variety of ladies.
The two main characters, Algernon Moncrieff and John (Jack) Worthing, are played by Hunter Nesbitt of Jenks, Okla., and WWU graduate Walter Paschal of Auxvasse, Mo., respectively.
Other student cast members include Jared Kricheveksy of Culver City, Calif., as Lane the manservant and Merriman the Butler; Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo., as Lady Bracknell; Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as the Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax; and Lindsey Arnold of Edmond, Okla., as Miss Prism.
Cast members from the community are Emmy Potter as Cecily Cardew and George Spratt as the Rev. Canon Chasuble.
Guest artist Kathy Potter will direct the play. Joe Potter will design the set, and Jane Friedman will design the costumes. The lighting design will be operated by Shaun Speers, a WWU student from O’Fallon, Mo. Genevieve Jimenez, a WWU student from St. Peters, Mo., will be the stage manager.
Performances are scheduled for Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. A matinee performance is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for “The Importance of Being Earnest” are $8.50 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and WWU students. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.