THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Genre: Comedy
A Contemporary Restaging of a Trivial Classic

Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are both busy leading double lives in the highest of style: creating false identities, avoiding family obligations, wooing well-bred young ladies, visiting imaginary invalids and (equally imaginary) wayward brothers. As their respective alternate lives collide, these two will have to decide whether being Ernest or earnest will land them their heart's desire. A contemporary telling retaining the play's classic language yet infused with a shot of sexuality, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a prime example of how Wilde's sharp wit and humor transcends the test of time.

Directed by Christine Vinh; Stage Manager: Bridget Halloran

Open:   11/05/08
Close:   11/16/08

Schedule:
Wednesday 11/05 - Friday 11/07 at 8PM, Sunday 11/9 at 2PM, Wednesday 11/12 - Saturday 11/15 at 8PM, Sunday 11/16 at 2PM
Theater:   Off Off Broadway Playhouse
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00
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Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Derek Calibre Lady Bracknell

Derek Calibre is simply delighted to add the pontifical, domineering character of Lady Bracknell to his increasingly diverse acting resume. Derek’s independent film roles include a Viagra infused blind date, a chain smoking German thug and a browbeaten FBI agent. For television, he’s played a flaming gay and very un-PC cafe patron, a dull-witted cow, and an even duller witted sheriff. On stage, he has characterized an ambiguously gendered sex therapist, a strung out aspiring opera singer and a cannibalistic psychotic patient. Derek would like to thank his acting teacher, Larry Singer, for so generously and enthusiastically sharing his guidance and direction.

Derrick Marshall Lane/Merriman

Derrick Bryant Marshall is pleased to be back with Phare Play, having participated in the last Who Wears Short Shorts and this season’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Currently in rehearsals for productions of The Brothers Grimm and Show Boat, selected previous credits include: Fifth of July, Richard III, State Fair, Ragtime and God's Favorite. He thanks Blake and Christine for taking on this crazy endeavor once again.

Michael Mckeogh Algernon Moncrieff

This will be the third PharePlay Production that Michael has participated in. He was previously in The Importance of Being Ernest where he played the part of Algernon and was also in last spring’s Who Wears Short Shorts Festival. Previous works include: Mozart in the Stepps Theatre production of The Little Tragedies, Roderigo in Othello at Boston Theatre Works, Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, Stuart in Cooking with Elvis, and also played the roll of Jerry in The Zoo Story for TheatreZone’s Actor’s Revenge Festival. Michael also participated in the 2005 Boston Theatre Marathon with TheatreZone’s production of Scrabble in Babel or Earlset. Other regional work includes Philip in The Lion in Winter at TheatreWorks (FL), chorus in The Lysistrata Project at the Aslo Theatre (FL), and Hamlet in Hamlet at Michigan State University.

Carol Neiman Miss Prism

When she took up acting as a sort of "mid-life adventure," Carol finally found out what she wants to be when she grows up. Following that realization, she has appeared in lead and supporting roles in a number of off-off Broadway productions, including Therese Raquin (directed by Michael Page), The Importance of Being Earnest (a Phare Play production) and I, Undertow (written by Blake Bradford). She has also worked in a number of independent films, including Roger Ingraham's "Moonshine" (selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival "Midnight Madness" program) and  as performer / voiceover talent in multimedia fine arts installations. She works out every Sunday morning at HB Studio, as a member of Michael Beckett's Experimental Workshop, where she's developing a one-woman show based on a recent yearlong sabbatical in her native Texas. 

Faye Rex Cecily Cardew

Faye Rex is an Earnest acting student at NYU's Tisch, finishing up her senior year at the Atlantic Theatre School. Last seen as Claire in Fat Kids on Fire, this is Faye's second time with Phare Play Productions, and is grateful to be working alongside Christine and this masterly cast. Faye's recent NY/NJ credits include Anna in Closer, Kate in The Wild Party and Beatrice in The Servant of Two Masters. She would like to Earnestly thank her superhuman family and friends for an incomparable amount of warmth and support. Alex Puhlease. Ayissa, Mander, Jaf, Choate, NYU 1C, 1A, 2B. I love you Ba. This performance is dedicated to Princess for never missing a show and for Jamaican pancakes. I'm so lucky to have you all. In Earnest.

Kevin Sebastian Jack Worthing

Theatre: NYC - Dark of the Moon (John), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Comet), Waiting for the Bus (Man, American Globe Theatre Best Actor Award), Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (Jess), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), a 3-pack of Off and Off-Off Bway Shakespeare at the American Theatre of Actors. Regional & Tours: A Few Good Men (Sam Weinberg) at Cortland Rep, Omnium Gatherum (Khalid) & Valhalla (James Avery) at The Theater Project, Ragtime (Tateh) & West Side Story (Action) at NJPAC, Tartuffe (Orgon), Dracula (Van Helsing), National Theatre for Children Natl. tour, Legend of Sleepy Hollow Regional tour, London's Modern Eyes Theatre Company workshops. Film & Television: Killswitch at Cannes Film Festival and Seattle's Science Fiction Short Film Fest, Flatland Film Festival's The Cyclist , Hofstra Film Fest's award-winning The Lake Passage, Goyband, Sunday Times, Chad Lowe's Beautiful Ohio. Love always to my wonderful family, Jenelle, the cast & Christine & Blake! Contact: kevsebastian@gmail.com

Rebecca Servon Gwendolen Fairfax

Rebecca Servon holds a BFA in acting from Rutgers University and trained classically with The Globe Theatre in London, England. She has previously appeared in Phare Play's productions of The Importance of Being Earnest as Gwendolyn as well as The House of Bernarda Alba as Amelia. Other recent NYC credits include Marc Antony in an all female cast of Julius Caesar (Kraine Theater), Marla in Don Nigro's Specter (The Project Theatre Collective), Jenny in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things (Porchlight Productions), and Elsa in Israel Horowitz's Hopscotch (Theatre 1050).

Roland Uruci Canon Chasuble

Roland Uruci has worked with Phare Play for two years now, having recently played Canon Chasuble in their production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Since his first performance he has known that this was a theater company that he wished to continue with having played a drunk, a mountain shaman and a Southern interpretation of a classic Russian. Roland's last feature film Across Dot.Ave is currently waiting for distribution and his short film, Dinner for Four, that he produced, co-directed and stared in is currently in post production. Many thanks go to Blake for letting him continue to be part of the Phare Play family. Contact Roland at www.rolanduruci.com.