VU Theatre program to present “The Importance of Being Earnest”

VU Theatre program to present “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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February 09, 2018

February 9, 2018 / VU Theatre program to present “The Importance of Being Earnest”

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Theatre Program will present four performances of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde. Dates and show times are Feb. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), and 2 p.m. on Feb. 18. The show is appropriate for all audiences.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for non-VU students. VU employees and students will be admitted free with their university ID. Tickets may also be purchased online at, by phone at 812-888-4039, or in person at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are posted on the website.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” features an all-student cast and crew, including Garrett Barrasas and Corbin Barrasas of Hobart; Matthew Bishop of Lafayette; Kyle Gregory of Washington; Megan Gregory of Nashville; Lydia Hancock of Westphalia; Jessica Mansfield of Wanamaker; Kami Minnich of Oaktown; Jake Sexton of Bloomington; Noah Wright of Greenwood; Ember Welden of Terre Haute; and Elizabeth Ruppel, Barbie Snyder, and David Winburn of Vincennes.


“The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde’s well-known comedy about two friends, Algernon and Jack, who create fake personas named Earnest in order to escape burdensome social obligations and meet young ladies. The play also pokes fun at the triviality of the upper class through witty banter and larger-than-life characters. The young conspire to be with their loves, while the older characters try their best to keep them in their place. As Lady Bracknell warns, “Never speak disrespectfully of society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.” Through humorous twists and turns, the characters learn “the vital importance of being earnest.” The play premiered in 1895 in London at the St. James’s Theatre and has remained a classic of dramatic comedy.


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