'Earnest' opening kicks off busy theater weekend

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011

It’s a big weekend over at Perseverance Theatre.

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Libby Sterling / Libby Sterling
Libby Sterling / Libby Sterling

First off, “The Importance of Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy of manners, opens Friday.

The full title of the production, first staged in 1895, is “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” In addition to being Wilde’s most famous play, it ranks as one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time.

Directed by Carolyn Howarth, the production features performances by lead actors Christina Apathy, Allison Holtkamp, Daniel Harray and Flordelino Lagundino. Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director Art Rotch designed the set and lights, while costume designer Meg Zeder has dressed the actors in turn of the 20th century period costumes. Juneau favorite Rory Stitt returns home to design the sound.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” will run from March 11 to April 10 with performances Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 10. Perseverance will also have pay-as-you-can performances March 13 and 17.

Immediately following Friday night’s performance, the theater will host a post-show celebration, at which Artistic Director Art Rotch will announce the theater’s productions for the 2011/2012 season, their 33rd. At the event, attendees will also be able to purchase their season tickets, and participate in the theater’s annual travel raffle.

Then on Saturday, the theater will host a wine tasting prior to that night’s performance. The event runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Perseverance Second Stage and includes a sampling of wines sponsored by The Rendezvous and Specialty Imports. Tickets for the wine tasting are $20 (21 and over only); tickets to the tasting and that evening’s performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” are $40.

For more information call the box office at 463-TIXS. Tickets are available online, by phone, or at the door.

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