The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Lane (manservant): Robert Fleeger
Algernon Moncrieff: Michał Chaciński
John Worthing, J.P.: Patrycjusz Zamorski
Lady Bracknell: Katarzyna Borucka
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax: Anna Skurczyńska
Cecily Cardew: Adrianna Pryc
Miss Prism: Dorota Pomorska
Rev. Canon Chasuble: Joe D. Campbell
Merriman (butler): Robert Fleeger

Production team:
Director: Penny Shefton
Designer: Anna Bocek
Poster Design: Gosia Golińska
Lighting Designer: Joanna Wiśniewska
Assist. Lighting Operator: Barbara Tumiłowicz
Stage Manager: Anna Barbachowska
Assist. Stage Manager: Paweł Bies
Publicity: Barbara Sacewicz
Publicity Assistant: Joanna Wójtewicz
Co-Producer: Tadeusz Z. Wolański
Festical Organiser: Maria Fengler

Act I
Alfernon Moncrieff's Flat in Half-Moon Street, London W1
Algernon Moncrieff is awaiting the arrival of his aunt, Lady Bracknell, when his friend Ernest Worthing comes in. Due to Algernon's discovery of an inscription on Ernest's cigarette case, Ernest is forced to reveal that he "is Ernest in town and Jack in the country", and the case was given to him by his pretty yound ward, Cecily Cardew. In the midst of their heated conversation Lady Bracknell arrives with her daughter Gwendolen, who Jack wishes to marry. Their proposal, however, is interrupted by Lady B who subsequently discovers Jack's origin - a handbag. Algernon and Jack are left to discuss the crisis

Act II
The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton
Cecily Cardew and Miss Prism are in the garden at Jack's place in the country. When Miss Prism leaves for a stroll with Dr Chasuble, Algernon appears, posing as Jack's reckless younger brother Ernest (a fictional character useful as an excuse for trips to London). Algernon falls in love with Cecily, who like Gwendolen finds the name Ernest irresistible. Jack returns, pretending to be in moutning for his brother Ernest. Algernon's presence of course confuses the situation and infuriates Jack, who orders him to leave. Before this can happen, Gwendolen arrives and the women soon find out that Ernest does not exist and that they are engaged to nobody. Outraged, they depart, leaving Algernon and Jack to comfort themselves with muffins.

The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton
The couples are soon reconciled, but Lady B appears and forbids further communication between Jack and Gwendolen. "Algernon can do as he pleases", especially as Cecily has a large fortune. Jack reveals that Cecily cannot marry freely, until she is 35, and as her guardian, he will only consent to her marriage if Lady B agrees to his. Miss Prosm rushes in from the vestry only to be confronted with the woman, whose nephew she had absent-mindedly deposited in a handbag 28 years before. Jack is in fact Ernest, he is Ernest John Moncrieff, the son of General Ernest John Moncrieff, "and consequently Algernon's elder brother". The circle is complete as Jack, now Ernest, realises THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

9-15 March 1997
Teatr Miniatura Gdańsk Wrzeszcz, ul. Grunwaldzka 16

Grateful thanks to:
Management and Staff of Teatr Miniatura
Instytut Anglistyki, Uniwersytet Gdański
p. Anna Czekanowicz - Opera Bałtycka
p. Ewa Bonk-Woźniakiewicz - Teatr Wybrzeże
p. Bruno Sobczak - Teatr Wybrzeże
p. Stanisław Płudowsk - Teatr Wybrzeże
p. Genia Miłoszewska - Teatr Wybrzeże
Mr Aidan Chalk
p. Urszula Ferworn
p. Halina Kortes - Maciejka Florist's
p. Jan Olędzki
p. Małgorzata Puchylak

Special thanks to:
The Staff at 'ELS Bell, Dominika Jasińska, Jean Ward and everyone on the second floor at Hotel Asystencki Brzeźno for their support and encouragement

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