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October 22, 2017

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

The Center for Rural Development is partnering with the Lindsey Wilson College Theatre program to present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest on Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in Somerset, KY.

The Importance of Being Earnest, easily Oscar Wilde’s most notable comedy, is about two friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. The show’s action centers on the friends’ new identities that have been invented to court Cecily Cardew and Gwedolyn Fairfax. The question is, “Will these two bachelors’ “bunburying” get them the women of their dreams, or just bring trouble?”

The play is directed by Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock.

“Lindsey Wilson College Theatre is very excited to partner with The Center for Rural Development to bring two classic works of drama to the audiences of Somerset and Pulaski County,” Brock said. “This partnership extends the mission of LWC Theatre—to enhance the aesthetic and cultural experience of the college and community through quality productions and educational outreach.”

While the play itself is regarded as a classic piece of theatre, it hits today’s audiences with hilarious comedy and wit.

“Wilde called the show a trivial comedy for serious people,” Brock said. “It is, I think, one of the best comedies ever written…This play is filled with wit and puns and a lot of fun. It’s a farcical romp around the idea of secret lives and people who have invented fictitious friends so they can go visit them and get away from their own lives.”

Brock said the show is “delightfully funny” and that audiences “won’t be able to contain their laughter” from start to finish.

The play will be performed by Lindsey Wilson students from all over the state of Kentucky.

Cast List:

Jack Worthing – Micah Stewart-Wilcox, of Lexington, KY

Algernon Moncrieff – Thomas Alvey, of Brownsville, KY

Lady Bracknell – JulieAnne Cox, of Franklin, KY

Cecily Cardew – Gretchen Miles, of Columbia, KY

Gwendolyn Fairfax – Hope Poe, of Paris, KY

Miss Prism – Rachael Miller, of Corinth, KY

Rev. Chasuble – Weston Loy, of Russell Springs, KY

Lane – Dylan Serrano, of Tompkinsville, KY

Merriman – Matt Larwa, of Eddyville, KY

Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $15.

In addition to the 7 p.m. performance, The Center is hosting a special 10 a.m. performance on November 7th for school districts across the region at a discounted rate of $5 per student. For every 10 students, The Center provides a complementary adult ticket. Reservation requests are required for the 10 a.m. performance.

Reservation requests for the 10 a.m. show and tickets for the 7 p.m. show are available at

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