Bethel Academic Theatre to Present "The Imporance of Being Earnest"

Bethel University Academic Theatre will present the Oscar Wilde play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” Oct. 15-18 in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on the Bethel campus.
     Oscar Wilde’s most successful play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” became an instant hit when it opened in London, England, in February, 1895, running for eighty-six performances. The play has remained popular with audiences ever since, vying with Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” as his most recognized work. 
     In the play, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff both pretend to be called Ernest in order to secure the affections of Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The girls are led to think first that they are engaged to the same man and then that neither is really Ernest. The ensuing confusions are resolved when it is discovered that Jack was indeed so named. The play derives force from a brilliant fabric of epigram and paradox.
     Evening performances will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., while a matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
     Tickets are $5 each and are available at the door before each performance. Bethel University faculty, staff and students get free admission.
     For more information about “The Importance of Being Earnest” please e-mail director Marion Graham at