A cast of nine disappears into rehearsals this week. On Nov. 2, they’ll emerge on the stage of the University Hall Theatre, decked out in over the top turn of the century costumes, delivering the lightning-fast dialogue of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Tickets are now on sale for seven performances, Nov, 2-4, 8-10 at 7:30, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 4, in the University Hall Theatre. Tickets are $10 for student, $15 for the general public, and on sale NOW.
The cast includes:
Jacques Matellus as John Worthing, J.P.
Owen Sherrin as Algernon Moncrieff
Abigail Dickson as Lady Bracknell
Jessica Smalley as Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Lorraine Kanyike as Cecily Cardew
Josh Robinson as Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
Jenna Moloney as Miss Prism
Jay McCarthy as Lane
And Marquies Perez as Merriman
Director Carrie Ann Quinn is looking ahead to weeks of work. Wilde’s wit depends on crisp timing, as the pretense of the upper crust’s morals is torn away in a swirl of bad behavior and opportunistic leaps between traditional gender roles. Auditions brought actors from throughout UMass Boston, and the final cast includes lots of new faces, including three freshmen, one transfer, and a graduate student.
“I am always impressed with the talent and skill of the actors at UMass Boston, and they make my job of casting very difficult," says Quinn. "Now that it’s done, I am excited to begin rehearsals filled with laughter inspired by the hilarious cast assembled. And I look forward to sharing that laughter with audiences in November!”