Rice U. Theatre Program livestreaming one-night-only production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’


Katharine Shilcutt

Rice U. Theatre Program livestreaming one-night-only production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Actors wearing masks for Oct. 9 play broadcast from Hamman Hall

HOUSTON – (Sept. 25, 2020) – The new manners of social distancing and wearing masks have been incorporated into Oscar Wilde’s classic Victorian satirical comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest,” as Rice University Theatre presents its fall play amid a pandemic.

The production will be broadcast live from Hamman Hall at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 via Rice’s YouTube channel. Actors will wear masks on stage for the one-night-only play and physical distancing rules will keep them 6 feet apart at all times.

“Earnest” follows the story of two bachelors, John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.

The production will be directed by Christina Keefe, head of the Rice Theatre Program, assisted by Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts alumnus Alan Kim. Keefe’s recent directing credits include Rice’s productions of “As You Like It” and “She Kills Monsters.” Kim graduated from Rice in 2019 with a dual degree in visual and dramatic arts and English. He recently appeared as a supernumerary in Houston Grand Opera productions of “Rigoletto” and “Aida” and as Robert in Soo-Jin Lee’s “Peaches,” produced for Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Co.’s Femfest: Voices of Asia. Notable roles at Rice include Picasso in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” and Brutus in “Julius Caesar.”

Mark Krouskop, lecture and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, is set designer for “Earnest.” Krouskop designed the outdoor set for Rice’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the raining elevator for “Eurydice.” Costume design is by Heather Breikjern, lecturer and costume shop manager, who recently designed the Elizabethan world of “As You Like It.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/RiceTheatre or theatre.rice.edu

Event livestream link: https://youtu.be/4beJ4BVERhc

Preview and interviews with director Christina Keefe and lead actors Matthew Alter and Elise Gibney: https://youtu.be/1lM7seTNMuA


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About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.