• ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    The new year is off to a strong start for UC Santa Barbara engineer and Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura. https://t.co/s3Rm4yCfJ4
    3 hours 53 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gauchos, UC Irvine Meet in ESPN Showdown at Thunderdome Saturday https://t.co/wEwSLv3sIv
    6 hours 42 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gaucho Offense Explodes for 21 Goals in Shutout against Fresno Pacific https://t.co/hUQsrITn94
    7 hours 6 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Two @UCSB #marine biologists pen a children’s book that explores the #California's unique coastal #ecosystems - fro… https://t.co/k7htixFG2k
    7 hours 23 min ago
  • UCSBLibrary twitter avatar
    ICYMI. Check out this @KCSB segment about the #UCSB Reads 2018 pick "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren. https://t.co/inK8ilHvGB
    7 hours 44 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    RT @PacSurfliners: SERVICE ALERT: Additional @PacSurfliners roundtrip added starting 1/20 to further increase train service between #Ventur
    7 hours 51 min ago
  • UCSBengineering twitter avatar
    Don't forget @SB_Hacks is happening on campus this weekend! It's going to be a great hackathon. Check out… https://t.co/gjoKNK2uZl
    9 hours 24 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    One #UCSB scholar received the Lifetime Achievement Award while two others received Research Awards from the presti… https://t.co/6HDw5cMp87
    10 hours 29 min ago

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Department of Theater and Dance presents Oscar Wilde’s comedy of mistaken identity
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:45
Santa Barbara, CA

It’s a heady cocktail of mistaken identity, young love, hilariously dated elders, high style and pithy commentary. It’s Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” making its UC Santa Barbara debut Friday at the campus’s Performing Arts Theater.

Directed by Simon Williams, a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance, the production features a cast of nine, including students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Two of the leads are making their main stage debut.

Williams has directed many plays in the English comedy of manners style. “I greatly enjoy working on the precise timing that is crucial to any successful production of Wilde,” he said. “It is also a beautifully structured play, which means that there is a great pleasure in finding a staging that tells the story clearly, while extracting to the maximum the irony in the words.

“Also, of all the plays I know it is the one that most completely celebrates the comic muse and the comic view of life,” Williams continued. “It is a work in which accepted social values are turned upside down; one comes away from the play with a far more irreverent view of the world of which one is a part, and irreverence is one of the greatest of human virtues.”

Unique to this production was the decision to visualize the story set in the 1930s, an age associated with the novels of P.G. Wodehouse and the plays of Noel Coward. “The visual style and fashions of the time are still very familiar to us today,” said Williams, “but at the same time they date from a period when the customs, attitudes and social rituals that Wilde is poking fun at were still very much alive.”

Performances are set for Feb. 13-14 and 17-20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14-15 and 21 at 2 p.m. More information is available at http://www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu.

Contact Info: 

Andrea Estrada
(805) 893-4620