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7/31/2013 1:40:00 PM
T&G to host auditions for 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Town and Gown Theatre of Stillwater this week will host auditions for its season opener, "The Importance of Being Earnest." This well-known play, written by Oscar Wilde, is described as "probably the wittiest comedy in the English language."

To avoid various social responsibilities, Jack Worthing has invented an irresponsible younger brother named Earnest.

Wilde's last play is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

First-time director Sarah DeYong will hold auditions for the play Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m. at the theatre.

DeYong will cast four actors and five actresses for the production. Male roles include: • John "Jack" Worthing - Early to late 20s • Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff - Early to late 20s • Dr. Chasuble - 30s to 50s • Merriman - 20s to 60s

Female roles include: • Lady Bracknell - 50s to 60s • Gwendolen Fairfax - Late teens to 20s • Cecily Cardew - late teens to 20s • Miss Prism - 30s to 50s • Lane - 20s to 60s More character information is available at townandgown.org or on the theatre's Facebook page.

DeYong said actors are asked to bring a monologue of approximately one minute "to be performed with your best, and most frivolous British accent."

DeYong said, "If you are uncomfortable with monologues, I can give you a cold-read from the show, but it will be between you and me (or maybe the assistant director). I know that might sound intimidating, but I want to see you and you alone.

"It's much easier for me to get a feel for the way you work if I can see something you've already spent time on. You've given me the courtesy of auditioning for me, so I want to give you the courtesy of my undivided attention."

Actors should also bring a headshot/photo. Acting résumés are also welcome. Call-backs will be held Sunday, Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m.

"Callbacks will consist of cold-reads (unprepared portions of the script), so I can see how you interact with each other," DeYong said. As of press time, rehearsals are scheduled to start the week of Aug. 14 The show runs September 19- 22 and 26-29.

Town and Gown Theatre is located at 3524 S. Perkins Road, Stillwater, Okla. For more information, contact DeYong at smdeyong@my.okcu.edu or on Facebook. Season tickets are available now.

Download a brochure on the Town and Gown website, townandgown.org, or call (405) 372-9122.

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