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Last week we brought you an exciting original work – now we’re revisiting one of our most enduring classics!

Bay City Players is proud to present a live reading of Oscar Wilde’s comedic masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Premiering in 1895 at the height of Wilde’s career, this play has been revived countless times and has inspired three film adaptations. “Earnest” is the story of two bachelors who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome obligations. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only trust men named Ernest. The pair struggle to keep their stories straight and become tangled in a web of deception, disguise, and misadventure – with hilarious results! A send up of polite society, “Earnest” is still entertaining crowds more than a century later.

You will have to “Like” our Facebook page or respond to this event in order to receive a notification that we are streaming LIVE! On Tuesday, April 28th at 7:30 PM, come to our page and click on the video to watch our talented cast of home-bound actors bring this comedy to life. This is a free performance, although donations to help keep Bay City Players afloat during this time are always appreciated! The performance will be available to watch in full after the show, also here on our page.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is our second installment in the #makeartvirtual campaign, originated by our friends at Midland Center for the Arts. Check out the recording of the live reading on Facebook here!

The Cast:
Matthew Ibáñez – Jack Worthing (Ernest), a young gentleman from the country, in love with Gwendolen Fairfax

Aaron Haines – Algernon Moncrieff, a young gentleman from London, the nephew of Lady Bracknell, in love with Cecily Cardew

Keara Dixon – Gwendolen Fairfax, a young lady, loved by Jack Worthing

Judy Harper – Lady Bracknell, a society lady, Gwendolen’s mother

Grace Lutenske – Cecily Cardew, a young lady, the ward of Jack Worthing

Erin Frye Nimtz – Miss Prism, Cecily’s governess

Adam Gardner-Northrop – The Reverend Canon Chasuble, the priest of Jack’s parish

Todd Little – Lane, Algernon’s butler

Todd Little – Merriman, Jack’s servant

Directing this talented cast is Michael Wisniewski

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