Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Importance of Being Earnest

Monsterpiece Theater Collective gets Wilde with Importance of Being Earnest

Monsterpiece Theater Collective's Importance of Being Earnest interprets Oscar Wilde's classic with a jazzy New Orleans flair. Starting our journey in turn of the century New Orleans we combine the music and rich heritage of the south and the posh fa├žade of English society. Using the poetry of John Gambril Nicholson, a contemporary of Wilde and author of the poem (of Boy’s Names) that inspired the title of this classic, the Monsterpiece Collective has created a musical world of original songs and Dixieland jazz standards. Moving from drawing rooms and countryside gardens to honky tonks and plantations we enjoy the sharp wit and acid tongue that can only be found two places, Wilde’s characters and the most charming southern homes.    

Performances are Thursday, March 27; Friday March 28; and Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m., with matinee performances Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at The Beckmann Theater 314 W. 54th St., 2ndfloor. Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved at mptheatercollective@gmail.com.
The cast includes Zack Krajnyak and Liam Selby as Algernon and Jack, the two young men trying to get the most out of life by being Earnest. Katrina Michaels (Gwendolen) and Susanna Allen (Cecily) as the women they pursue. Katia Haeuser and Jacob Banser as the budding couple in the country, Miss. Prisim and Rev Chasuable and Clemmie Evans as the ever opinionated Lady Bracknell.

Monsterpiece Theater Collective is a group of risk-taking artists working together to tell compelling stories imaginatively by creating, supporting, and producing each other’s work in readings, workshops, and short run full productions. They specialize in kicking down closed doors and blowing up glass ceilings.

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