Georgia Military College Fine Arts is inviting theatre-goers to begin their 2020 with a laugh as college students and community members are set to present Oscar Wilde’s farcical comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” this week.
Showtimes are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday inside the Goldstein Center. Tickets are $5 to the general public while GMC students get in the door for free.
As per usual, Amy Zipperer is handling directing duties for the college’s production to kick off GMC Fine Arts’ year. “The Importance of Being Earnest” first came to the stage in 1895, a time in which Wilde was known as one of London’s most popular playwrights.
“This is Oscar Wilde’s most beloved comedy,” Zipperer said. “It’s about two men — Algernon and Jack — who are bachelors in Edwardian England. They have both created imaginary personas to help them negotiate lives that are fun and exciting. This play is about them exploring those personas and getting into scrapes because of these imaginary people they have created.”
This marks the second time GMC Fine Arts is producing “The Importance of Being Earnest” under Zipperer’s watch, the last time having come five years ago. The director told the newspaper this is the only play she’s come back around to.
“There’s something about Oscar Wilde that just forces me to revisit him,” said Zipperer. “He’s so funny and so tapped into the social silliness of the Edwardian era. He’s able to really make the people in the play seem extremely ridiculous, but at the same time they’re very likable and fun to spend an evening with. I think that’s why I went back to it.”
Just because the play was done locally just five years ago doesn’t mean repeat attendees should expect an exact re-run. The 2020 rendition features new actors along with a very different set, though the 2015 showing was revisited for inspiration.
The director Zipperer believes she’s found two actors with the perfect amount of comedy chops to handle the primary roles of Algernon and Jack whose alternative personas really drive the play.
“One of our actors, Joshua Warnock, is very suited to the farce,” Zipperer said of her play’s Algernon. “He’s really a Jim Carey-type actor. Everything he does is exaggerated, so it’s very fun to watch him.”
Playing opposite Warnock is Damian Moncada, a young actor currently trending upward in the acting ranks. In all, 25 cast and crew have had their hands in putting together the upcoming production.
Tickets to GMC Fine Arts’ production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” may be purchased at the door or in advance online by visiting www.showtix4u.com and searching “GMC.”