The City Theatre Company
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722     512-524-2870     info@citytheatreaustin.org
The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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   Oscar Wilde’s most beloved and delightful comedy graces the City Theatre
           
    stage – a perfect summer treat playing June 12 through July 5.

The City Theatre Company continues its summer 2015 season with Oscar Wilde’s
delightful satire The Importance of Being Earnest. Quick-tongued, lively, fast-paced Wilde
at his best, it is a merry-go-round of mistaken identity, sparkling wit, and daring humor at
every turn brought to new life with panache from CTC’s guest director, Fritz Ketchum. The
show runs June 12 – July 5 at The City Theatre.

 “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”
                                                     – Oscar Wilde

At a refined bachelor flat trouble is brewing! The delicious confection follows the romantic
misadventures of two English cads, Jack and Algernon, who devise a double life in order to
impress the strong-willed women whose hearts they hope to win. But when it is revealed
that both friends are not entirely who they appear to be, and must battle the indomitable
force of Lady Bracknell, a madcap comedy of tea time pitfalls, unexpected antics, and
hilarious revelations ensues. The celebrated classic dazzles with ironic wit, comic
invention, razor-sharp subtlety, and bold servings of characters who all discover the
importance of being earnest.

    “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked
                    and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”
                                  – Cecily, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's unconventional life began with an equally
unconventional family. He was born Oscar Fingal
O'Flahertie Wills Wilde in Dublin, 1854. His father was
an eminent Victorian surgeon and his mother, Jane
Francesca Elgee (or Lady Wilde), was an Irish nationalist
and saw herself as a revolutionary. She attracted artists
like herself and established a literary salon devoted to
intellectual conversations of the day, through which she
brought an interest in art and culture, and an elegance and appreciation for wit into the
lives of her children. Success and drama marred Oscar Wilde's life. His popular works
transformed literature of the Victorian era including The Importance of Being Earnest, An
Ideal Husband, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The most celebrated author of
his time, his works continue to be read, adapted, translated, and produced for the stage
worldwide. He witnessed an ill-fated downfall in 1885, when arrested for gross indecency
and imprisoned on account of his iniquitous homosexuality. With his health irrevocably
damaged and his reputation ruined, he left the country and spent the rest of his life in
Europe, publishing “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” leaving, many may argue, one of the
most influential body of works by a single writer.

The CTC production features the outstanding cast of Kara Bliss, Robert Slack, Jessica
Riley, Clay Avery, Jesselyn Parks, Maureen Slabaugh, G. Warren Steele, Steve Lawson,
and Donald Evans. Fritz Ketchum directs the production for City Theatre where she last
staged the highly successful Austin award-nominated A Delicate Balance in 2014. The City
Theatre Company is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in
part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in
2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden
Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, and
has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin
360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for
Austin artists and its community and continues the commitment to making productions
accessible for everyone. CTC offers its discount ticket program with $10 Thursday seats
and $12 student seats for any show. The ticket discount is available throughout the 2015
summer season.

SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
June 12 – July 5. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 5:30 pm.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or info@citytheatreaustin.org
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June 12 - July 5
Oscar Wilde's
comedy
classic!