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The Importance of Being Earnest

Dates: June 12-22
Style:
Comedy
Run Time:
2 Hours
Ages: Nine and up

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Show Summary

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations.

This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself!

Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history.

Meet the Actors & Crew

Edward Hibbert
'Lady Bracknell'

Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been You, Something Rotten, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl and Alice in Wonderland. Off- Broadway, he received an Obie and a Dramalogue for his performance in Jeffrey.
Other off- Broadway includes The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, My Night with Reg, Privates on Paradise, and as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency. For “Encores” at New York’s City Center, Lady in the Darkand Anyone Can Whistle. In London’s West End he appeared in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor and Twelfth Night.
He recently debuted his cabaret act Can’t Something Be Done at 54 Below. Films include Taking Woodstock, The Prestige, Everyone Says I Love You and The First Wives Club. Numerous television includes “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order SVU”, and 11 seasons as Gil Chesterton on NBC’s “Frasier”.

Dan Amboyer
'Jack'

Dan is delighted to bunbury about the Cape in this “bucket list” play! TV/Film: Thad (& twin Chad) on Darren Star’s “Younger,” NBC’s limited series “The Blacklist: Redemption,” Prince William in the TV movie William & Catherine, also CBS’ “Tell Me A Story” (recurring), “Blue Bloods,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “John Cusack Pilot,” “Benders,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Body of Proof,” “Law & Order,” “Batman vs. Superman”, “Brawl in Cell Block 99”, “Love the Coopers”, “The Wrong Son”, “Very Merry Toy Store”, among others.
Select theatre: premiere of AR Gurney’s Squash (The Flea), premiere of David Ives’ The Metromaniacs (Shakespeare Theatre), Orlando in As You Like It and Bertram in Inherit the Wind (both directed by Adrian Noble), Henry VII in Richard III (dir. Lindsay Posner) all for The Old Globe. Dan graduated Carnegie Mellon’s acting and music theatre programs. He recently directed the new play Whirlwind at The Wild Project.

Jason Gotay
'Algernon'

An actor and Teaching Artist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Broadway credits include: Bring It On: the Musical (Randall, Original Broadway and Touring Companies), Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). NYC: Call Me Madam (Encores/City Center), Renascence (Transport Group). TV: NBC’S Peter Pan Live! Regional Highlights: World Premieres of Disney’s Freaky Friday at the Signature Theater (Original Cast Recording), A Bronx Tale at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and most recently, The Prince of Egypt (Ramses) in its World Premiere in the US and Denmark, Europe.
He has also performed with the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, St. Louis MUNY, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Theater Under the Stars, and North Carolina Theater. Thanks, Matt, Geoff, Ted, Rachel, A&R! Love to Michael!

Olivia Hebert
'Cecily'

This is Olivia's Cape Playhouse debut.

Off-Broadway: The Hard Problem (Lincoln Center Theater). NYU Theatre: Henry V, An American Daughter, The Great Disappointment, Thyestes, An Ideal Husband, The Big Knife, The Seagull, Macbeth. Ars Nova ANT Festival: Boy Gets Violent. NYU Grad Film: Will You Be My Twin?, Firecracker, The Seagull on the 5th Floor. Education: BS: University of Evansville; MFA: NYU.

Mahira Kakkar
'Gwendolen'

Selected theater: Arturo Ui (CSC), Henry VI (NAATCO), The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Monsoon Wedding with Mira Nair, Vanya, Sonia..with Christopher Durang, Clive with Ethan Hawke, Skylight with Emily Mann, Comedy of Errors with Darko Tresnjak. Film/TV: Hank and Asha (Slamdance favorite, Best actress Napa Film Festival, Best actress Wild Rose Film Festival); Hechki; “New Amsterdam”; “Orange is the New Black”; “Bite Me”; “Friends From College”; “Law and Order”; “Louie”; “Odd Mom Out”; “Blacklist”; “Blue Bloods”; The Big C.
Upcoming- Wives at Playwrights Horizons.Training: Juilliard. Member of EST, Hero Theater Company and The Actors Center.
Website: mahirakakkar.com

Jesse Sharp
'Lane'

Jesse is thrilled to be making his Cape Playhouse debut!

Tours: Gomez - The Addams Family, Walter Hobbs - Elf, Vince Fontaine - Grease. Other Regional Theatre’s include The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Operahouse (Chasing Rainbows) Denver’s Lone Tree Arts Center (Evita) Human Race Theatre (Legendale) and several top Los Angeles theaters including Antaeus, Sacred Fools, The Groundlings and many more. Film/TV: Showtime’s “City on a Hill”, “General Hospital”, “Not Another Teen Movie”. Training: UC Irvine - MFA in acting, UCLA - BA in Theatre. All the love to my Lexie.

Sandra Shipley
'Miss Prism'

Sandra Shipley’s Broadway credits include Present Laughter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat From Moscow, Vincent In Brixton, The Deep Blue Sea, and Indiscretions. She has been seen Off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company in Arms and the Man and Suddenly Last Summer; at The Public Theater in Venus, Stuff Happens; at Lincoln Center in: The Carpetbagger’s Children; at Manhattan Theatre Club in Kindertransport; at Second Stage Theater in The Clearing and Once Around the City; at The Mint Theater in Rutherford and Son; and at City Center Encores! in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She has been see in the National Tours of Anything Goes and Blithe Spirit. Regional credits include productions at American Repertory Theater, Boston Shakespeare Company, Dallas Theater Center, Geva, Gloucester Stage, Guthrie, Humana Festival, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Lyric Stage, McCarter Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory. TV credits: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “Lipstick Jungle.”

John Thomas Waite
'Reverand Chasuble'

Broadway: Dracula, Amadeus. Off Broadway: The Fantasticks (at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and the revival uptown), Beyond the Horizon (Irish Rep). London: Macbeth (Independent Shakespeare Company). Regional: Native Gardens, Death of a Salesman, Inherit the Wind, An Inspector Calls, The Petrified Forest, The Drawer Boy, The Dresser, Travels with my Aunt, Heros. Film: The Understudy (with Marin Ireland), Freedom (with Cuba Gooding Jr.), After Louie (with Alan Cumming.) TV: “ED”, “Royal Pains”, “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”. As a Director: Call Fosse at the Minskoff (winner 2016 United Solo Festival Best Production.)

Victor Warren
'Merriman'

A native Californian who has been acting since age ten. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in acting and directing.
He recently moved back to the Cape with his fiance Heidi. He is excited to be in a production at the Cape Playhouse so close to home.

In the New England area he was seen playing George Bailey in the Foothill Theater's award winning production of It’s A Wonderful Life. He was in the New England premiers of both Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol  playing Scrooge, and Eric Weiss in the acclaimed production of Brooklyn Boy for the SpeakEasy Stage company. He has been involved with eight productions of The Complete Works of  Will Shakspr (abridged). This includes here on the Cape at Payomet's critically acclaimed production that he acted in and directed. Some of his television credits include guest starring on “Criminal Minds”, “Without a Trace” and “Brotherhood”. Recently he can be seen as the irritated police Sargent O'Connor in My Daddy’s in Heaven  and as Stephen Smith in Chappaquiddick.
He is an award-winning filmmaker, director and screenwriter.
For more info go to: www.victorwarren.com

OSCAR WILDE (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L’art pour l’art (“Art for Art’s Sake”), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chelsea in London to establish a literary career. Upon graduating in 1879, he moved to London to review art, write poetry and lecture in the UK, the United States and Canada. In 1884, Mr. Wilde married Constance Lloyd and, in the course of their turbulent marriage, had two sons. His first and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1891 and has been adapted for the stage. Mr. Wilde’s first successful theatrical endeavor, Lady Windermere’s Fan, opened in 1892. He went on to create the wonderfully popular comedies A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and the classic The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Not long afterward, Mr. Wilde was publicly accused of homosexuality and arrested for gross indecency. During his time in prison he wrote De Profundis, a dramatic monologue and autobiography, which was addressed to his lover Bosie. Three years after his release in 1897, he died of cerebral meningitis in a rundown Paris hotel. Known for his philosophical wit and irreverent charm, Mr. Wilde is famously quoted as saying “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

ROB ODORISIO (Scenic Designer) THEATRE: New York Credits:Stomp, Family Secrets, Sealed For Freshness, An Empty Plate in the Café’ du Grand Beouf (Drama Desk nomination), Things you Shouldn’t say past Midnight as well as work for Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MCC, The New Group, WPA, Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Circle Rep, Theatre Works USA, The Julliard School and Soho Repertory. Regional Theatre:Hartford Stage Company, The Old Globe, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, among others. TELEVISION:“CBS This Morning” (two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Art Direction), “Whistleblower”, “Face The Nation”, “60 Minutes”, “48 Hours”, “CBS Sports”, “CBS Sunday Morning”, “The JFKAnniversary Special” (Emmy Award), “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Sesame Street”, “David Letterman”, “America Reframed” Season 1 and 2, “PBS”, “Wonderama” 2016 & 2017, “In Between Men” (Web series), “The Stand Up” (ABC After School Special), “The Guiding Light”, (3 Emmy nominations), “The Nate Burkes Show”, “Super Bowl XLIV 2010”, “Person to Person” (CBS) as well as work for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, Showtime, BET, Fox, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, WE Network, Wedding Central and MTV.

SKY SWITSER (Costume Design) Sky is thrilled to be returning to the Cape Playhouse after designing Sylvia last year, and ART in 2017. Other favorite design credits include re-creating the Broadway design for Waitress on London's West End, the national tour of PJ Masks Live!, Hold Your Peace (film), Ajax (the Flea), Squash (the Flea), Propaganda! (Pearl), Legally Blonde (The Muny, St.Louis), Bubble Boy (film), Spank (The Abbey, Orlando), Prison Dancer (St. Clements), Outlaws (McGinn-Cazale), and Gorilla Man (P.S. 122). As the associate designer of Aladdin on Broadway, Sky has also been responsible for re-creating the design for productions in London, Tokyo, Sydney, Hamburg and the US tour. Also as associate designer on Broadway: Pretty Woman, Escape to Margaritaville, Tuck Everlasting, Side Show, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cyrano deBergerac, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Film/ TV: Saturday Night Live, Royal Pains, Smash, and Ocean's Eight.

TOMMY KURZMAN (Wig/Hair Design) is thrilled to be here for his first show at The Cape! He recently designed makeup for: Broadway: All My Sons, True West, St. Joan, My Fair Lady, The Parisian Woman, The Little Foxes, Long Day’s Journey into Night, in addition to Bright Star, Fiddler on the Roof and Thérese Raquin. Hair Design credits include: The Cake (MTC), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sig. VA), Candide, Pushkin, La Cenerentola (MSM), Desperate Measures (NWS/York), Chess (DC) White Snake & Jazz (BCS). Tommy has been the Associate Hair Designer on over 15 Broadway Productions upon graduating from College in 2012. He also has built many wigs/pieces for Film/TV. Tommy is also a member of Local 798. He is represented by Summit Entertainment Group.

MATT LENZ (Director) is happy to be back at The Cape Playhouse having directed Sylvia here last season, and Art in 2017.
BROADWAY: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn (Associate Director on original productions), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Resident Director). OFF-BROADWAY:Pageant: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! The Comedy Musical, The Great Daisy Theory, Fingers and Toes, and Alan Ball’s Tense Guy. NATIONAL TOURS: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Cheers: Live Onstage, Catch Me If You Can, The Who’s Tommy and Hairspray. Lenz also directed productions of Hairspray in South Africa; U.K.; Toronto; Las Vegas; and Germany. REGIONAL:Numerous plays and musicals at Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, the MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Casa Manana, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse, and Stamford Center for the Arts. Lenz is a member of SDC and a teaching artist with the Broadway Dreams Foundation.www.mattlenzdirector.com


JARON HERMANSEN
(Lighting Design) Jaron is Salt Lake City based lighting & projection designer, among his credits are: Clue, Altar Boyz, Steel Magnolias, Art, RED, The Foreigner, Murder for Two (The Cape Playhouse, MA). The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Eccles Theater, UT). Eleemosynary (The Brooks, CA). The King’s Men, Private Ear, Hedda Gabler, The Weird Play (Rose Wagner, UT). Bride of Frankenstein, Sonder, A Streetcar Named Desire (Found Spaces, UT). THE BRIDGE (Kingsbury Hall, UT). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for the United States Institute of Theater Technology Intermountain Desert Region, Jaron is a lecturer at Utah Valley University, and is a nominee of the USITT Young Professionals Rising Star award.

JOSEPH PALERMO (Sound Design) Joseph Palermo is a Chicago based Sound Designer and Digital Technologist who is quite pleased to be here for your listening pleasure. He’s been recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago Merit Awards, and University of Glasgow for excellence in Design and Design Concepts. His next projects include the rest of The Cape Playhouses’ season, Cambodian Rock Band at The City Theatre and The Merrimack Theatre, and The Polar Express with Warner Brothers and Amtrak. His most recent creative obsessions include recording things in an underwater environment,and applying the concepts of Quantum Physics to composition.Joseph is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

JAMES O. HANSEN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be making his Cape Playhouse debut! Recent credits include: On Your Feet! (Gateway Playhouse), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Resident Theatre Company), Beauty and the Beast (Gateway); Flashdance: The Musical (Gateway). Other credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Beauty and the Beast and Beehive all at Theatre by the Sea. James earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Management from Dean College in Franklin, MA. Many thanks to the Creative Team, Cast and Crew! Special thanks to his family and Gabby for their love and support! JOHansenPSM.com

CASSIE MCKAY (Assistant Stage Manager) Cassie grew up on the Cape, and is a current sophomore pursuing a BFA in Stage Management from Point Park University. Past credits include: Student Choreography Project, Raymond Laine Memorial One Acts (Pittsburgh Playhouse); Evita, Showboat, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies (Interlakes Summer Theatre); Oklahoma (Cotuit Center for the Arts); and Detective Sketches, Big Fish, Once on This Island, A Wrinkle in Time, The Love of Three Oranges (Sturgis Charter Public School). Thank you to her friends and family for their support, and to the Cape Playhouse for the opportunity to work on incredible theatre. Enjoy the show!

CAROLINE PASTORE (Assistant Stage Manager) is incredibly excited to be joining The Cape Playhouse team this summer! Caroline lives in Shelburne, VT and was a Stage Manager for FlynnArts for five years. Some of the productions she worked on there include: Cry- Baby, Cabaret and Once on This Island. She currently attends SUNY Purchase as a Theatre Design/Technology student and worked on We’re Gonna Be Okay this year as the Assistant Stage Manager. Caroline would like to thank the Cape Playhouse team for being so welcoming and her family and teachers for all their support.

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