THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST [A QUEER ADAPTATION]

Photography © Evan James & Lindsay Matheos

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

[a queer adaptation]

 

adapted by Christian Lewis

based on the works of Oscar Wilde

directed by Darrell James & John Michael Rezes

This adaptation queers the 1895 classic by exploring the

relationship between Jack and Algernon as they explore

their sexualities. Set in modern day America, this work

confronts the politics of homophobia, living in the closet,

coming out to family, and the pressures to have a

straight marriage. Although Jack loves Algernon, Algernon

is unsure what he wants. Afraid to come out, Jack

proposes to Gwendolen so he can hush rumors

about his sexuality. Thankfully Gwendolen seems as

disinterested in procreation as Jack. Things get complicated

though when Algernon meets Cecily and falls in love,

leaving Jack behind. Over it all stands Lady Bracknell,

as set on heterosexuality as the Victorians were.

DETAILS:

April 27th—29th, 2017

Vassar College, Martel Stage

© 2020 by JO MICHAEL REZES