Focus on Community/Arts
Wilde Favorite Comes to TPAC

Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

WYE MILLS - A tale of romance and deception will entertain Shore audiences when the National Players bring Oscar Wilde´s play "The Importance of Being Earnest" to the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.

Jack Worthing is a pillar of the community in the English countryside. For years, he has also pretended to have an irresponsible black-sheep brother named "Ernest" who leads a scandalous life in pursuit of pleasure and is always getting into trouble of a sort that requires Jack to rush grimly off to his assistance. In reality, "Ernest" is the name Jack goes by in London, which is where he really goes on these occasions.

Eventually, Jack becomes entangled in the web of his double life and learns some important lessons.

This 58th annual tour marks the ninth production of the play for the National Players. Currently a program of Olney Theatre Center, the National Players have earned a unique name and place in the American theatre world. This remarkable acting company has given more than 5,800 performances and workshops of plays by Shakespeare, O´Neill, Moliere, Shaw, Kafka, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Tom Stoppard. The troupe has performed in 35 states and 10 countries, reaching audiences that are isolated geographically or economically. Since 1992, the group has been the company in residence for the Department of Theatre at the University of Maryland.

TPAC audiences in past seasons have enjoyed National Players productions such as "Julius Caesar", "Twelfth Night," and "The Scarlet Letter".

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admissions and $12 for students/senior citizens. For more information, please call the TPAC Box Office at 410-827-5867.

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