Basche, Craig, Shamos and More Set for Earnest Benefit Reading

News   Basche, Craig, Shamos and More Set for Earnest Benefit Reading A March 19 reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest will benefit Resonance Ensemble's 2007 season.

Directed by Resonance artistic director Eric Parness, the evening will be presented at Theatre Row. The reading will feature David Alan Basche as Algernon, Matthew Cowles as Dr. Chasuble, Deborah S. Craig as Cecily, Patrick Melville as Lane, Jennifer Mudge as Gwendolen, Jeremy Shamos as Jack and Maxwell Zener as Merriman. Additional casting will be announced shortly. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 PM followed by the 7:30 PM performance.

The Importance of Being Earnest, according to press notes, "focuses on Jack and Algernon, two flippant young men, who, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are 'Ernest,' which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor."

Tickets, priced at $80, are available by visiting www.resonanceensemble.org. Theatre Row is located in Manhattan at 410 West 42nd Street.