The Importance of Being Earnest 2006

Importance of Being Earnest posterWritten by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Anne-Marie Donovan

Performances: November 15-18, 2006

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Set in late 19th century England, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is considered by many to be one of the funniest plays ever written. Hardly a sentence goes by which is not witty, satirical and ambiguous in some way. The overall effect is of a light farce concerned with issues of lifestyle and marriage. However, underneath the surface there lurks a serious play with a biting social commentary which takes aim at the moral code of Victorian society. It asks: when does the earnestness with which we conform to the moral code become hypocrisy.

The Importance of Being Ernest affectionately challenged Victorian society's norms. The questions Oscar Wilde raised so cleverly in 1895 continue to resonate with us today.


Lane/Merriman - John Cormier

Algernon Moncrieff - Brad Cook

John Worthing - Brendan Riggs

Lady Bracknell - Greg Carere

Gwendolen Fairfax - Michelle Jedrzejewski

Miss Prism - Bridget Myers

Cecily Cardew - Jennifer Lorbetski

Dr. Chasuble - Michael Kolodziej


Director -  Anne-Marie Donovan

Assistant Director - Viktorija Kovac

Set Design - William Chesney

Costume Design - Jocelyne Sobeski

Lighting Design - Scott Spidell

Sound Design - Fraser Smith


Stage Manager - Danielle Jewinski

Asst. Stage Manager (Props) - Joe Recchia

Asst. Stage Manager (Wardrobe) - Andrea Dupuis

Asst. Stage Manager (Book) - Monica Skorupski

Production Manager - Amy Tait

Publicity - Robin Atchison

Publicity Crew - Heather Muir, Francesca Reid

Dramaturg - Zara Rafferty

Carpentry (Staff) - Gill Lesperance

Carpentry (Crew) - Stephen Chen, Alex Lekawski, Monty Martin, Kelly McNeely, Brenda Pilatzke, Travis Sewchan

Lighting (Staff) - Fraser Smith, Gill Lesperance

Lighting (Crew) - Emily Howard (Crew Head), Michael Albert, Dan Cristofori, Derek Lindman, Ciaran Myers, Nick Peppiat, John Wideman, Sarah Widmeyer, Leonard Zgrablic

Wardrobe (Staff) - Jocelyne Sobeski

Wardrobe (Crew) - Miranda Francis, Garth Graham, Keriece Harris, Alisha Kocher, Lexie Mitchell, Amy O’Grady, Aimee Villapando

Sound (Staff) - Fraser Smith

Sound (Crew) - Lisa Bosman

Program - Zara Rafferty

House Manager - Shelby Barker

Props/Scenic Paint (Staff) - William Chesney

Props/Scenic Paint (Crew) - Jessica Moore (Crew Head), Calla Churchwood, Jocelyn Urquhart, Carly Verhoeven, Janna Youngblut

Special thank you to

Theatre Sheridan – Jane McLeod

Sandy Lesperance

University of Guelph- Paul Ord

Carpets courtesy of Silk Road Fine Carpets, Kitchener

Wandering Minstrel Music Store – Mark Rowsom

UW Greenhouse