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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Opens March 2

In the performance, Cecily (left) goads Gwendolyn, filling her tea with unwanted lumps of sugar. Cecily is played by senior Joy Fait, and Gwendolyn is played by sophomore Avery Ketchum.

OBU’s Theatre Department will premiere “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a satirical narrative of love and mistaken identity, on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Shawnee Hall’s Craig-Dorland Theatre on the OBU campus.

Other performances will be presented March 3 at 7:30 p.m., March 4 at 2:30 p.m., and March 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for all performances. The production is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Wells, OBU associate professor of theatre.

Written by Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest” tells the comical tale of two young gentlemen living in England in the 1890s. Both men use the same pseudonym –- “Ernest” -– on the sly, which causes no problems until they fall in love with different women using the same name. Wilde’s rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of prosperity in London during the Victorian Era of the late 19th century. At a time when many citizens of Britain were able to embrace literature only the wealthy and educated had been able to afford, Wilde wrote many famous short stories, plays and poems.

General admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. The production is most appreciated by audience members ages 12 and older. Tickets are available through the OBU Box Office, located in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center’s main office. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (405) 878-2347 or email THEA@okbu.edu.

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