Wicked's original Madame Morrible will play Lady Bracknell in the Barrington Stage Company's upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Julianne Boyd will direct the Oscar Wilde comedy, which runs July 21-Aug. 7 at the Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffield, MA. Shelley will be joined onstage by Christopher Innvar as Jack Worthing, Mark Dold as Algernon and Tandy Cronyn as Miss Prism. The company will also feature Meredith Zinner as Cecily, Jordan Simmons as Gwendolyn and Robert Zukerman as Rev. Chausable.
The creative team for the Barrington Stage production comprises Michael Anania (set design), Elizabeth Flauto (costume design), Scott Pinkney (lighting design) and Randy Hansen (sound design).
Carole Shelley made her Broadway debut as Gwendolyn Pigeon in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple and has since played roles in Cabaret, Show Boat, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Miser, Noises Off, The Norman Conquests, Stepping Out, Absurd Person Singular and The Elephant Man. She earned Tony Award nominations for her work in Absurd Person Singular and Stepping Out and won the Tony for The Elephant Man. Shelley will soon be seen on screen in the feature film "Bewitched," which features her former Wicked co-star, Kristin Chenoweth.
The Consolati Performing Arts Center is located at 491 Berkshire School Road. Tickets, priced $36-$52, are on sale by calling (413) 528-8888 or by visiting www.barringtonstageco.org.