THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Remy Bumppo

REMY BUMPPO MAKES THE HOLIDAYS MERRY WITH WILDE'S
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Previews Begin Nov. 24 with Opening/Press Night Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.

CHICAGO--Remy Bumppo Theatre Company celebrates the winter holidays with Oscar Wilde's
The Importance of Being Earnest,
Nov. 24, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011 at the Greenhouse Theater Center,
located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Single tickets are on sale now at
www.remybumppo.org
or by calling the box office at 773-404-7336 (773-40-GREEN).

"My
dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a
nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the
way to behave to a woman!"
- The Importance of Being Earnest

Why not tell a little lie for love?
Charming
bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives, each pretending to be
someone else when they are away from home. Clever lies let them wiggle
out of unwanted obligations, but get them into hot water when the girls
they are chasing catch on to their tricks.

Just
before revelation of Wilde's own private life would unravel his career,
he gave us his most popular comedy. Wilde dishes up delicious
criticisms of identity, manners and the customs of courtship, with more
outrageous witticisms and stinging send-ups per page than one could ever fit into today's romantic comedies
.
The cast features Artistic Associates
Greg Matthew Anderson,
Annabel Armour,
David Darlow (as Lady Bracknell), and
Linda Gillum and guest artists
Kelsey Brennan,
Ted Hoerl, Paul Hurley, and
William J. Watt.

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate
Shawn Douglass with scenic design by
Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, lighting by
J.R. Lederle, costumes by
Melissa Torchia, props by
Nick Heggestad and sound design by
Jason Knox. Stage Management is provided by
Amy Bertacini.

Remy
Bumppo's 2010/2011 Season is made possible in part by The Elizabeth F.
Cheney Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Jane Ellen Murray
Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council and by a City Arts Program 3
grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Special Events:

All events are at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

Monday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest Opening/Press Night. Tickets are $50 and include a post-show artist reception in the lobby.

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Between the Lines program with Newberry Library
instructor and playwright
Todd Bauer who will introduce the themes of
The Importance of Being Earnest with a 30-minute conversation. Tickets are $60 and includes a pre-show reception, a ticket to the 2:30 p.m. performance
of
The Importance of Being Earnest and a post-show discussion.

Friday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Special New Year's Eve performance. Tickets are $75 and include post-show champagne
and dessert with the cast.

Listing Information

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Shawn Douglass

Nov. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011
at the Greenhouse Theater Center - Upstairs Mainstage

2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

Performance Times:

Opening/Press Night: Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Previews and regular run: Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and

Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Additional performances:

(No performance, Thursday, Nov. 25)

Friday, Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Between the Lines program

Thursday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m.

(No performances Friday, Dec. 24 or Saturday, Dec. 25)

Friday, Dec. 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Cast:

The
cast features Artistic Associates Greg Matthew Anderson, Annabel
Armour, David Darlow and Linda Gillum and guest artists Kelsey Brennan,
Ted Hoerl, Paul Hurley, and William J. Watt.

Production Team:

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Director Shawn Douglass with scenic design by
Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, lighting by J.R. Lederle, costumes by
Melissa Torchia, props by
Nick Heggestadand sound design by Jason Knox. Stage Management is provided by Amy Bertacini.

Tickets:

773-404-7336 (773-40-GREEN)

or online at
www.remybumppo.org

Previews:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday $35; Saturday and Sunday $40

Regular Run: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday $40 - $45; Saturday and Sunday $50 - $55.

Student Tickets: $20 in advance for all performances by phone and in person. $15 student rush tickets are subject
to availability and may be purchased one hour prior to curtain in person only. Students must have valid student I.D.

Group discounts of 20% are available for parties of 10 or more. For group information and reservations call 773-244-8119.

Parking:

Discounted
parking is available for $6 on weekends and weekdays after 5:00 p.m. at
the Children's Memorial Hospital Garage located ½ block north of the
theater on Lincoln Ave.


Bios:

Greg Matthew Anderson (Algernon
Moncrieff) is an Artistic Associate with Remy Bumppo where he has performed in
Night and Day, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Marriage of Figaro,
On the Verge,
Brontë,
The Philadelphia Story,
The Best Man and Power.
Other Chicago credits include Tom Stoppard's
Rock and Roll at the Goodman Theatre, Tom Stoppard's
Arcadia at Court Theatre,
Oklahoma! at American Theater Company, and
Without Intermission and A Moment Alone at Improv Olympic.
He is a graduate of Duke University's Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and its Department of Theater Studies.

Annabel Armour
(Miss Prism) is the recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards. She most recently appeared at Victory Gardens in
At Home at the Zoo. Some favorite include
Picnic (Writers' Theatre),
Pride and Prejudice (Cleveland Playhouse),
Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakespeare),
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Irish Rep & Galway Arts Festival),
Before My Eyes (Victory Gardens),
Angels in America I & II (Journeymen),
Grapes of Wrath (Ford's Theatre D.C,) and
The First Look Series (Steppenwolf). She can be seen in the films:
Amityville Horror, Were the World Mine,
and the recently released Conviction
with Hillary Swank.

Kelsey Brennan (Cecily Cardew)
makes her Remy Bumppo debut. Previously, she has appeared at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Next Act Theatre (The Value of Names), Milwaukee Repertory
Theatre (
Trouble in Mind, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano de Bergerac), and American Players Theatre (Ah, Wilderness!, Henry IV, The Belle's Stratagem).
Kelsey is a graduate of Ohio University.

David Darlow (Lady Bracknell) is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre, David has been seen in
Night and Day, Heroes, The Voysey Inheritance, The Best Man, Power, Humble
Boy,
Hidden Laughter,
No Man's Land,
Hapgood,
Road to Mecca,
Man and Superman,
Money, and
Major Barbara (After Dark Award). Goodman Theatre acting credits include
A Life in the Theatre, As You Like it, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Passion and The Misanthrope.
He has been seen in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's productions of
Othello, Timon of Athens and
As You Like It, and in Northlight Theatre's
The Real Thing and
Betrayal. Other Chicago credits include
Nathan the Wise at Chicago Festival of the Arts; Stephen Sondheim's Passion
with Patty Lupone and Audra McDonald
at Ravinia Festival, and Endgame at American Theater Company (Joseph Jefferson Award). His films include
Were the World Mine, The Weatherman, Road to Perdition, The Fugitive, Hoodlum, Miller's Crossing, and
Ride with the Devil. On television he has been seen in "Barney Miller", "Barnaby Jones", "Early Edition" and "Prison Break." He has directed
Mrs. Warren's Profession and
Les Liaisons Dangereuses for Remy Bumppo and
As You Like it at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Shawn Douglass
(Director) is an Artistic Associate with Remy Bumppo where his previous directing work includes
The Philadelphia Story and Public Enemy (with Usman Ally). Other credits include
Love's Labour's Lost and
Romeo and Juliet with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks;
Julius Caesar and
The Diary of Anne Frank at Theatre at the Center; and
Holiday
at Northwestern University. Shawn is also an actor with Remy Bumppo, as
well as the past Associate Artistic Director and producer of
thinkTank. As a writer he has adapted
The Immigrant Class, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,
and
Martin Eden for the stage. Shawn teaches acting at Northwestern University.

Linda Gillum
(Gwendolyn Fairfax) is an Artistic Associate with Remy Bumppo where she has performed in
Night and Day,
Les Liaisons Dangereuses,

Old Times, Brontë, The Real Thing, The Best Man, Tartuffe, A Delicate Balance, Some Americans Abroad, Holiday, Top Girls
and Man and Superman. She has also worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, Court Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Roadworks Theatre,
ShawChicago Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Theatre at the Center. Film and TV credits include:
The Haunting Hour, Casting About, Bruised Orange, The Shadow,
"Prison Break"
and "Early Edition."

Ted Hoerl (Rev. Canon Chasuble)
is delighted to return to Remy Bumppo where has appeared in
Major Barbara and
Arcadia. On other stages, he's appeared in
Sandbox and
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Goodman);
The Little Foxes and
Buried Child (Shattered Globe);
The Weir, Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble and
1776, Jeff Award for Best Musical (Signal);
A Doll's House, The Millionairess, Voices from Jerusalem, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...Jeff Award for Best Ensemble (Next);
Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Devil's Disciple,
and Geneva (ShawChicago);
Incident at Vichy AfterDark Award for Best Ensemble (Writers');
Love! Valour! Compassion! (Organic);
Fascination and
Dreamboy, Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble (About Face), and almost 100 other roles at theaters around the country. Film:
Hunter,
Gone to Sea,
Dancer, The
Hills Are Like Elephants,
Betsey Wetsey Timebomb Effect (seen at a dozen film festivals worldwide). Ted directs the Meisner program at Act One Studios.

Paul Hurley
(John "Jack" Worthing) is
thrilled to make his official debut with Remy Bumppo after covering the
role of Danceny for a few weeks in last spring's Les Liaisons Dangereuses
. He
has also been seen on stage in
Othello at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits include work with Milwaukee Repertory Theater (A
Christmas Carol, Anna Christie
); Madison Repertory Theatre (The Laramie Project); Delaware Theatre Company (Henry
V, All the Great Books Abridged
); Renaissance Theaterworks (world premiere of
The Dig); Utah Shakespearean Festival (Romeo and Juliet, Doctor Faustus); and six seasons with American
Players Theatre (including
The Circle, The Belle's Stratagem, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost). Paul holds an MFA from
the University of Delaware's Professional Theatre Training Program.

William J. Watt (Merriman/Lane)
is excited to be
opening his first Remy Bumppo production, having previously stepped
into the role of Antoine during the final week of
The Marriage of Figaro. Other Chicago credits include
The Flu Season (Black Sheep);
Blithe Spirit (The Gift);
An American Clock,
Broken Glass,
Abandonment,
Praying Small (AWT/Redtwist); and
Under America (Mortar). Bill has a 19 year association with The Iowa Summer Rep. Regional credits include
Talley's Folly,
Taming of the Shrew,
Mass Appeal,
An Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand Beouf,
The Kentucky Cycle,
Fuddy Meers, and
Lonely Planet opposite Ty Burrell of T.V.'s "Modern Family."

REMY
BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY delights and engages audiences with the
emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative
power of great theatrical language.

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  • "The Importance of Being Earnest Opening/Press Night." is not September 27, but November 29.

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