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ALGERNON: "Have you got those cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?" 
LANE:"Yes, Sir."

Alisa Cray as Lane and T.J. Langley as Algernon in ReAct's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Alisa Cray
Algernon Moncrieff
T.J. Langley
John Worthing, J.P.
John Bianchi
Lady Augusta Bracknell
Leslie Jean Warner
Gwendolen Fairfax
Caroline Blakeslee
Miss Prism
Lisa Marie Nakamura
Cecily Cardew
Emily Jo Testa
Reverend Chasuble
Gordon Hendrickson
Don P. Bradshaw

JACK: "Do you mean to say that you could not love me if my name wasn't Ernest?"

John Bianchi as Jack and Caroline Blakeslee as Gwendolen in scene 1 of ReAct's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Photo: David Hsieh.

Directed by
David Hsieh

The Crew

Stage Manager & Light Board Operator
Mitch McGowan
Costume Designer
Kathy Cory
Scenic & Sound Design, Properties, Box Office Manager & Publicist
David Hsieh
Lighting Designer
Rick Wong
Stephanie Santos
Sound Operator & Venue Technician
Yukiko Matsuda
Rehearsal Stage Managers
George Paul Glanzman
Emily Jo Testa

Dialect Coach
Juli Rosenzweig
Master Carpenter
Michael H. Collinge
Set & Lighting Crew
Don P. Bradshaw
Richard D. Eidal
George Paul Glanzman
Melvin Inouye
Mitch McGowan
Robert Sindelar

Head House Manager
Jackie Englehart

GWENDOLEN: "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train."

Caroline Blakeslee as Gwendolen and Emily Jo Testa as Cecily a scene from ReAct'sThe Importance of Being Earnest.
Photo: David Hsieh.


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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Original One-Act Adaptation by David Hsieh

World Premiere

November 9 - 25, 1995
Theatre Off Jackson

"-- A trivial comedy for serious people."
-- Oscar Wilde

BRACKNELL: "Good afternoon dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving well."
The cast during Lady Bracknell's
arrival in Scene I of ReAct's
The Importance of Being Earnest.
Photo: David Hsieh.


JACK: "Nothing will induce me to shake his hand."
John Bianchi as Jack, Emily Jo
Testa as Cecily and T.J. Langley
as Algernon in scene 2 of ReAct's
The Importance of Being Earnest.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Program

The Setting

England in July of 1895.

Algernon Moncrieff's flat, London.

The Garden of the Manor House, Woolton, Hertfordshire.

The Importance of Being Earnest

played for the first time at the St. James Theatre in London on Thursday, February 14, 1895.
This one-act adaptation presented with The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year and The Bald Soprano under the banner title "Loves Lies & Language" is the World Premiere production.

Production Notes

Artistic Director's Notes

On this hundredth anniversary year of Oscar Wilde's masterpiece, it has been a pleasure for us to develop and work on this condensed adaptation, and also to present it to you along with John Guare's unusually charming romantic short, and Eugene Ionesco's infamous and theatrically challenging anti-play. "Variety is the spice of life.".

On behalf of myself, Kathy, Robert and the casts and crew, I hope you enjoyed the three very different works presented in our "mini-festival" of world theatre.

--David Hsieh, Director of The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde belongs in the public domain.
ReAct's presentation of David Hsieh's original one-act adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest was presented by special arrangement with DAVID HSIEH.

MISS PRISM: "The bag is undoubtedly mine. I'm delighted to have it so unexpectedly restored to me."
The cast in in the final scene of
ReAct's The Importance of
Being Earnest
Photo: David Hsieh.


JACK: "I've now realized for the first time in my life, the vital Importance of Being Earnest."
The cast in the final tableau
of ReAct's The Importance
of Being Earnest
Photo: David Hsieh.

Special Thanks To...

Caroline Blakeslee for loaned props
The Bombay Company for discounted set pieces
Burien Little Theatre for costume support
Walter Carr for loaned props
Gertrude Chiang & Chu-Shen Tao for loaned props
Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Eidal for loaned props
Dr. Richard D. Eidal for loaned props
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
George Paul Glanzman for production support
Gigi Jhong for production support
T.J. Langley for production support
The Northwest Asian American Theatre for loaned set pieces
Office Depot for discounted copying support
Pier One Imports for loaned set pieces
Stephanie Santos for music
Seattle Police Department East Precinct for donated rehearsal space
University of Washington School of Drama for donated rehearsal space
Leslie Jean Warner for loaned props
Patti West for technical support
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography

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