The full title of Oscar Wilde's hit comedy speaks volumes: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. In the outlandishly clever masterpiece, dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Trouble is, they both have their hearts set on one day marrying a man named Ernest. Matters are complicated further still by the imaginary characters that the men invent to cover up their on-the-sly activities in town—not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.
The Seattle Shakespeare Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest stars Quinn Franzen (Algernon Moncrieff), Hana Lass (Cecily Cardew), Charles Leggett (Rev. Chasuble), Chiara B. Motley (Gwendolen Fairfax), Jeanne Paulson (Lady Bracknell), Connor Toms (Jack Worthing), Kate Wisniewski (Miss Prism).