Thorson, Skelley and Mennell Cast in Guthrie's Earnest

News   Thorson, Skelley and Mennell Cast in Guthrie's Earnest Initial casting has been announced for the Guthrie's upcoming production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which will begin performances at the Minnesota venue Sept. 12.

Canadian-born actress Linda Thorson (Tara King in the British television show "The Avengers") will head the cast as Lady Bracknell with 2007 University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduate John Skelley as Algernon Moncrieff and 2005 Juilliard graduate Nick Mennell as Jack Worthing. Full casting will be announced shortly. Artistic director Joe Dowling will helm the comedy, which runs through Nov. 8 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Rehearsals begin Aug. 18.

The Importance of Being Earnest, according to the Guthrie, "revolves around carefree bachelors Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who each create an imaginary identity in an attempt to win the hearts of the women they love."

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets call (612) 377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.