The Importance of Being Earnest

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Friday, August 26, 2022 5pm – 6.30pm

Saturday, August 27, 2022 2pm – 3.30pm

Sunday, August 28, 2022 2pm – 3.30pm

At Greenwood Centre for Living History, 254 Rue Main, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0, Canada

Or IN-PERSON at Greenwood (254 Main) and at Que de Bonnes Choses (484-B Main, Hudson). We ask that IN-PERSON tickets be purchased with cash and only during opening hours, no reservations please.

The Hudson Player’s Club renews a time-honoured tradition at Greenwood with a dramatical reading of the fabulous Oscar Wilde play: The Importance of Being Earnest.
Join us in an intimate garden setting as a delightful troop of gifted actors stage this witty satire set in Victorian England. What better backdrop than the gorgeous Greenwood gardens and tranquil Ottawa River to stage this play whom some consider as Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement.

The production will be a staged reading, presented on the lawn at Greenwood (as a fundraiser for them) for three shows:
Friday 26th August @ 5pm, Saturday 27th August @ 2pm, and Sunday 28th August @ 2pm.

254 Rue Main, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

Simon Cote directs this rehearsed reading so that the audience can appreciate Wilde’s wry wit and elaborate plot twists.

Lady Bracknell Susan Gilmore Lombard
Jack Andrew McLennan
Algernon James Berryman
Cecily McKenna Hayden
Gwendolen Carly Wagschal
Miss Prism Heather Hanks
Dr. Chasuble Peter Williamson
Merriman David Fisher

Directed by Simon Cote

Stage Manager Shelley Walters