New York Classical Theatre will kick off its 20th anniversary season March 5–24 with a gender-flipped production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at The Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).
Directed by Stephen Burdman, the entire cast will swap roles at every other performance. The production also marks the debut of NY Classical’s annual indoor performance, extending its season year-round and continuing its all-free performance policy.
The cast will feature Ademide Akintilo (Shakespeare's Globe's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Kristen Calgaro (NY Classical’s Much Ado About Nothing), Connie Castanzo (NY Classical’s Romeo & Juliet), Jed Peterson (Cheers: Live On Stage), Kate Goehring (Angels in America national tour), John Michalski (Martin Luther on Trial), Tina Stafford (Once national tour), and Clay Storseth (Moscow).
Wilde’s 1895 classic is a satire of social manners and obligations in Victorian England.
The production designer is Maddie Peterson with lighting design by Driscoll Otto.
For more information, visit nyclassical.org.