Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center presents

The Importance of Being Earnest

At duCret School of Art in Plainfield

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to diversity, will present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in partnership with duCret School of Art in Plainfield, where Dragonfly is now in residence.

            The Importance of Being Earnest is a hilarious, pointed comedy of manners and a classic of British theatre.  Young man-about-town Jack Worthing presents himself as “Ernest” in London in order to court Lady Gwendolen Fairfax and avoid the responsibilities of his country life; back at home, he tells his ward Cecily that Ernest is merely his ne’er-do-well brother.  When Gwendolen’s cousin Algernon calls Jack out on this, the men discover that they’ve both been leading double lives--but now Gwendolen only wants to marry someone whose name is Ernest.  Meanwhile, Algernon travels to woo Cecily, who is very eager to meet the dastardly Ernest, and the women clash when they realize they’ve both been promised Ernest Worthing.  Mistaken identities, broken engagements, and mysterious figures from the past combine for wall-to-wall laughs and an earnest, pleasing love story.

            The show stars Dragonfly alumni Samantha Ayers of Fords as Lane, Whitney Bailey of Piscataway as Merriman, artistic associate Anna Paone of NYC as Cecily, and Nathaniel Tomb of Plainfield as Algernon.  Dragonfly newcomers include Christopher Gibbs of Fanwood, Ann Grippo of Fair Lawn, Jeanne Johnston of High Bridge, Noah Stanzione of Morristown, and Margie Zarcone of Jersey City.

            The show is directed by Dragonfly’s executive artistic director Catherine LaMoreaux of Metuchen.

            The Importance of Being Earnest performs at the beautiful duCret School of Art at 1030 Central Ave. in Plainfield, NJ.  Shows are May 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $20 general admission and available at www.dragonflyartsnj.com/purchase-tickets, via phone at (908) 930-3210, or at the door.

Show: The Importance of Being Earnest

Dates and Times: Thursday, May 2 at 8:00pm, Friday, May 3 at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00pm.

Tickets: $20, available at www.dragonflyartsnj.com/purchase-tickets

Location: duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Avenue, Plainfield, NJ

More Information: DragonflyArtsNJ.com

Email: DragonflyArtsNJ@gmail.com

Phone: Dragonfly - 908-930-3210;  duCret School of Art - 908-757-7171