Tony Nominee Michael Cumpsty Will Direct The Importance of Being Earnest

Regional News   Tony Nominee Michael Cumpsty Will Direct The Importance of Being Earnest
Casting has been announced for the Two River Theater production of the Oscar Wilde classic.
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Michael Cumpsty

End of the Rainbow Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty will direct Two River Theater's upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, November 11. The produciton will continue through December 3.

The cast features Randy Danson as Lady Bracknell, Rosa Gilmore as Gwendolen Fairfax, Mahira Kakkar as Miss Prism, Chris Kipiniak as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Sam Lilja as Algernon Moncrieff, Bob Mackasek as Merriman, Federico Rodriguez as John Worthing, Henry Vick as Lane, and Liesel Allen Yeager as Cecily Cardew.

Societal hypocrisies are put on blast, invented identities create confusion, and plot twists keep the audience on their toes in Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, appearances, lies, and love.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a deliciously subversive play that brilliantly skewers the pretensions of British Victorian society. Or any ‘society,’ for that matter,” said Artistic Director John Dias in a statement. “The play, which premiered in 1895, is considered Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece; it bursts with fabulous wit and humor. And at its heart there’s a story of romantic yearning for love and connection in a world where what’s true—and earnest—is all but forbidden.”

The creative team includes scenic designer Charlie Corcoran, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Yuki Nakase, sound designer Elisheba Ittoop, and wigs designer Leah J. Loukas. Casting is by Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray, and the stage manager is Rick Steiger.

Tickets are available from or by calling (732) 345-1400.


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