Barbara Walsh, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Bill Connington Are Part of Oct. 25 Benefit Reading of Importance of Being Earnest

A benefit reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest plays The Colonial Dames Museum House in Manhattan Oct. 25.

Barbara Walsh
Barbara Walsh

The cast is headed by Tony nominees Barbara Walsh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo with Bill Connington, William Connell, Vivienne Cleary, Annmarie Benedict, D.H. Johnson and Oliver Houser. Dan Cordle directs with assistant direction by Kelley Van Dilla.

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People  was first performed on Feb. 14, 1895, at St. James Theatre in London. It is described as "a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The play’s major themes include the triviality with which it treats serious institutions such as marriage, and the resulting satire of late Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make it Oscar Wilde’s most enduring popular play."

The evening, a benefit for the historic Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, begins with cocktails at 6 PM followed by the 7 PM performance.

The Colonial Dames Museum House is located at 215 East 71st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Tickets are $75 each, or two for $125. For reservations call (212) 744-3572.