Sun & Mon
June 27 & 28 @7PM
LOCATION - 1900 NW DIVISION ST #206
*SHOW DATES SEPT. 3 -19*
This play has been “traditional” long enough. We are looking to offer a fresh perspective and welcome people of all genders, abilities, ethnicities and backgrounds to bring new life to this production. The play has moved from being set in the late 1800’s to the 1980’s.
John Worthing, J.P. (AKA Jack/Ernest) (Male)
Jack Worthing is the play’s protagonist. Althought a seemingly responsible and respectable young man he secretly leads a double life. At his country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he goes by Ernest and uses this guise to get into trouble and behave as he pleases. He and his friend Algernon a dry type of banter throughout. Jack has a ward at his country home named Cecily Cardew. She is the granddaughter of the man who found him in a hand basket in a railway cloakroom as a baby. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolyn Fairfax. He is a Justice of the Peace.
Age range- 25-50
Algernon Moncrieff (Male)
Algernon is a charming, idle bachelor, and a total punk rocker. He is the nephew of Lady Bracknell, who he hides this side of his personality from, His cousin is Gwendolen Fairfax. Jack Worthing, is his best friend however he has only known him as Ernest. Algernon sees opportunity when Jacks true identity is revealed and he speaks of a pretty young ward of his in the country. Using the guise of visiting his fictional invalid friend “Bunbury,” he steals away under a new identity, “Ernest.” He is full of quick whips and anecdotes but is exceedingly charming.
Age Range - 25-45
Gwendolen Fairfax (Female)
She is Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Ernest but has no idea he’s really Jack. She is very aware of her position in society and appears proper and yet pretentious all at the same time, She has an obsession with the name Ernest says she will not marry a man without that name.
Age range- 20-45
Cecily Cardew (Female)
She is Jack’s ward, living in the country. Cecily is willful and imaginative and horribly naive. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest. She has listened to tales of Ernest’s wicked behavior from her “ Uncle Jack” so often that she has become rather obsessed. This has caused her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them. A courtship that Algernon is more than happy to play into when he arrives.
Age range- 18-35
Lady Bracknell (Female)
Algernon’s domineering and snobbish aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married into wealth and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She literally has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to anyone who feigns interest. Lady Bracknell has an unwitting sense of humor that she doesn’t realize. Lady Bracknell is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian. She commands every room she enters,
Age range - 50+
Miss Prism (Female)
Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of clichés and funny moments. She highly regards Jack and his presumed respectability and criticizes his “unfortunate” brother regularly. Miss Prism seems judgmental but also has a softer side. She brings up a a novel she once wrote but the manuscript was “lost” or “abandoned.” She has strong, romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.
Age Range - 30-50
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Male)
The reverend on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon ask Dr. Chasuble to be christened “Ernest.” He is delightfully dim witted to a certain extent, not always seeing what’s in front of him, Dr. Chasuble has secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. The initials after his name stand for “Doctor of Divinity.”
Age Range- 30-60
Algernon’s “manservant.” Lane is traditionally played as male. This character is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.” They also think make excuses for Algernon as needed. Full of sharp quips and fun banter, Lane appears only in Act I. Same actor/actress to play both Lane and Merriman in Act II and III.
Age Range- 25-?
The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Again, traditionally played as male. Merriman has same bits in Acts II and III but will occasionally pop in and out for additional comic relief. Are we watching a twin? Is this the same person from Algernon’s flat? Secret within a secret.
Age Range- 25-?