The Importance of Being Earnest – Summer 2022

The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 85th season with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, live in our Savoyards Studio Theatre! Performances will be held July 15-17, 22-24 and 29-30, 2022 at the Savoyards Studio Theatre in Pittsburgh Savoyards headquarters (directions and parking). Online livestreams of select performances are also available!

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Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 pm
  • Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 24 at 2:30 pm (Livestream)
  • Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 pm (Livestream)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of several productions of other local community theatre groups due to outbreaks, we may require patrons to wear masks at our discretion during the performance.

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In Victorian London, a carefree young gentleman named John Worthing is visiting his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. John, who is posing as his fictitious brother, “Ernest,” has won the heart of Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand in marriage, her mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell, overhears and John finds he must reveal he was orphaned at a young age. Lady Bracknell refuses to consent to the marriage unless John can prove his lineage.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the invented brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, yet nonexistent, brother. Chaos erupts and long-lost secrets are revealed as the two friends combat each other to convince the ladies that they are the true Ernest.

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More Information

Interview/Preview: In Studio Pop-Up: The Importance of Being Earnest, Pittsburgh Savoyards – Saturday Light Brigade
Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is More Important than Ever – Dr. Tiffany Raymond, PhD, onStage Pittsburgh

Director – Marsha Mayhak
Production Manager – Robert Hockenberry
Stage Manager – Kaitlin Wyatt
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Costumier – Megan Kelly
Properties Designer – Matt Lisiak

Algernon MoncrieffAdam Seligson
(Understudy Maxwell Hayden Medford, July 29th)
Miss LaneKathryn Morosky
(Understudy Apryl Peroney, July 23rd)
Jack WorthingSean Lenhart
Lady Augusta BracknellChrista Boggs
(Understudy Ell Connally, July 17th)
Gwendolyn FairfaxAmy Dick
Miss PrismFatu Sheriff
(Understudy Caryn Greco, July 16th)
Cecily CardewAnna Gergerich
(Understudy Jordan Hightower, July 29th)
Reverend ChasubleTheo Sebastian
(Understudy Todd Foose, July 16th)
Miss MerimanApryl Peroney
(Understudy Kathryn Morosky, July 23rd)