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Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
directed by Nicole Meñez
Set Design by Allie Blanchard
Cosumes by Gabriel Carlos
Lighting Design by Michael Sweeney
Stage Management by Polina Litvak.

Performance Dates:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
January 20th - February 11th, 2017
Sunday matinees 2 p.m. Jan. 28th & Feb. 5th
Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Auditions:  Sunday Oct. 30th and Tuesday Nov. 1st, 7-10 p.m.
Callbacks:  Sunday Nov. 6th 1-4 p.m.
Auditions at Urban Mattress, 1325 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (at Gilman)
Callbacks at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St, Richmond, CA 94803 (off Hilltop Drive)

 

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley (celebrating our 60th anniversary) will present Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, Wilde's most popular and enduring play - one of the finest comedies of all time,  of which it has been said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen".  The production opens January 20th, 2017 at Live Oak Theatre.

We have put together a young and enthusiastic dramatic team eager to bring this classic work to the stage! Nicole Meñez is a recent graduate of the U.C. Santa Cruz theatre program, and already has directing and assistant directing experience with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Custom Made, S. F. Olympians, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and A.C.T. Allie Blanchard is an accomplished graphic artist who designed the sets for Actors Ensemble's acclaimed productions of Fortinbras and Pride and Prejudice. Polina Litvak has acted as ASM or SM recently for numerous East Bay productions, including Twelfth Night for Actors Ensemble. Michael Sweeney has designed the lights for numerous Actors Ensemble, Inferno Theatre, East Bay Children's Theatre, and countless other productions.

Performance dates:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
January 20th - February 11th, 2017
Sunday matinees 2 p.m. Jan. 28th & Feb. 5th
At Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Rehearsals begin November 17th, most weekday rehearsals will be in the evenings at
Urban Mattress, 1325 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (at Gilman).
Some Sunday afternoon rehearsals at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St, Richmond, CA 94803 (off Hilltop Drive)

Auditions are: Sunday October 30th and Tuesday November 1st, 7-10 p.m. at Urban Mattress
Callbacks Sunday, November 6th, 1-4 p.m. at Temple Beth Hillel
 
Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition appointment.  Please prepare a short (1-3 minute) classical or comic monologue.  

Non-AEA/no pay.  Actors Ensemble does not discriminate w/r to race, gender, etc. and will consider (and often do) non-traditional casting.  We realize this is rather short notice, so if for some reason you cannot make one of these dates but are interested in the show, we may be able to make alternate arrangements.
 
Available roles:
John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P. -  A seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. 

Algernon Moncrieff -  Charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. 

Gwendolen Fairfax -  Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. Sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.

Cecily Cardew -  Jack’s ward. Sheltered, intrigued by the idea of wickedness. This idea has prompted her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them.

Lady Bracknell -  Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian.

Miss Prism -  Cecily’s governess. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. -  The rector on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. Chasuble to request that they be christened “Ernest.” Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. 

Lane -  Algernon’s manservant. When the play opens, Lane is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.” Lane appears only in Act I.
Merriman -  The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Merriman appears only in Acts II and III.

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