The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by John Going

January 07 - February 06 , 2004

2003-2004 Mainstage Season

The Story

Wilde cleverly called his final play “a trivial comedy for serious people.” Two English gentlemen discover they needn’t escape who they are to become the men they want to be. It’s mannered mayhem in this masterpiece of wit, charm and grace, filled with lost infants and discovered relations, purloined diaries and, of course, high tea and cucumber sandwiches.

Creative & Production Staff

Scenic Designer: James Wolk
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Covey
Lighting Designer: Dennis Parichy
Stage Manager: T.R. Martin
Assistant Stage Manager: Tony Dearing
Casting: Rich Cole


Thomas Carson (Lane/Merriman)
Erik Steele (Algernon Moncrieff)
Jeffries Thaiss (John Worthing, J.P.)
Jill Tanner (Lady Bracknell)
Brandy Zarle (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax)
Ashley West (Cecily Cardew)
Darcy Pulliam (Miss Prism)
Max Robinson (Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.)

Sponsorship & Support

Major Sponsor: SBC Smart Yellow Pages

Additional support was provided by David and Sharon Schwartz and The Trio Foundation of St. Louis.