The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD at Fairfield University's Quick Center



Image: The Importance of Being EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD will be presented at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. and again on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Both are encore performances. Single tickets are $22; $20 seniors; $15 students/children.

Captured live in high-definition from Manhattan's Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, the play features the original cast of this new Broadway production, plus the added bonus of host David Hyde Pierce taking viewers backstage for special behind-the-scenes peek. Mr. Hyde Pierce says: "This delightful production of Earnest shouldn't be missed, and for the people who can't see it on Broadway, Broadway is coming to them." The playwas filmed and is being distributed to movie theaters and performing arts centers globally by New York-based BY Experience. Recording was done by L.A. Theatre Works, which has been recording award-winning audio versions of stage plays, musicals, and novels for nearly three decades.

Alfred Molina and Oscar Wilde expert Michael Hackett will discuss the writer and the man in an intermission special.

The Importance of Being Earnesthas been nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Brian Bedford) and Best Costumes (Desmond Heeley), three Drama Desk Awards; four Outer Critics Circle Awards; and two Drama League Awards.

A comedy of mistaken identity, the play ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

"The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production. It's one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness," says Charles Isherwood of the New York Times.

Tickets are available at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Martha Milcarek, Asst. Vice President for Public Relations, (203) 254-4190

Posted on May 23, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 313