Oscar Wilde’s Comedic Masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest Comes to the Clark Live from Broadway

For Immediate Release

June 03, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Broadway comes to the Berkshires! The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm, captured live in high-definition from Broadway. Tony Award®-winner Brian Bedford directs and stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell in a production Vogue names “profoundly funny and deeply moving. Brian Bedford is giving the performance of a lifetime.” The Clark’s intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region. Tickets are $25 ($23 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Oscar Wilde’s glorious comedy of mistaken identity ridicules Victorian codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated when both men invent imaginary characters to cover their on-the-sly activities. Their courtship is further frustrated by the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell, portrayed by Brian Bedford, who also directs.

“The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production,” says The New York Times. “It’s one of the great performances of the season.” Bedford is joined onstage by Dana Ivey as Miss Prism, Paxton Whitehead as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff, David Furr as John Worthing, Tim MacDonald as Merriman, Paul O’Brien as Lane, Charlotte Parry as Cecily Cardew, and Sara Topham as Gwendolen Fairfax. The design team includes Desmond Heeley (Sets & Costumes), Duane Schuler (Lights) and Drew Levy (Sound).

The Clark also offers a three-course fixed-price dinner in the Café before the show at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required; space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling 413 458 0524.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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June 18: Broadway comes to the Berkshires! The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm, captured live in high-definition from Broadway. Tony Award®-winner Brian Bedford directs and stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell in a production Vogue names “profoundly funny and deeply moving. Brian Bedford is giving the performance of a lifetime.” The Clark’s intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region. Tickets are $25 ($23 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark also offers a three-course fixed-price dinner in the Café before the show at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required; space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

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