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The Importance of Being Earnest by Epic Fog Productions

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John DeSotelle Studio Theater

754 9th Avenue

4th Floor

New York, NY 10019

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The creative team from “Hamlet” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” has been reassembled. Epic Fog Productions presents their version of this quintessential Victorian farce. With all the hijinks, wit, and cynicism as Oscar Wilde intended!


Brian Knoebbel*
Cedar Brock
Jacqueline Reljic
Madeleine Farrington
Michael Cramer
Olan Montgomery
Leslie DiLeo
Peter Previte
Landon Scott Farrell

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

directed by Craig Hutchison


“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a farce of manners--if there can be such a thing--about two men, Jack Worthing and his friend Algernon Moncrief. In order to avoid their everyday responsibilities, they have each created an imaginary person. Algernon has invented an imaginary invalid named Bunburry, whom he has to visit in the country whenever he wants to escape town, while Jack has concocted a fake brother named Earnest, whose indolent ways draw Jack to London whenever he wants a night on the town.

The play was first performed at St. James’ theatre in London on Valentine’s Day, 1895, starring the actor manager George Alexander as Jack. Most critics were unimpressed. George Bernard Shaw called the play “heartless,” While William Archer wrote that it was nothing more than the expression of an irrepressibly witty personality. H. G. Wells, however, considered it one of the funniest plays of the season, and also saw a message in it, joking in his review “...how Serious People will take this Trivial Comedy intended for their learning remains to be seen. No doubt seriously.”

The play closed early due to the scandal surrounding Wilde's affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, which led to his imprisonment for homosexuality. As Wilde’s reputation was rehabilitated after his release from prison, so were his plays, and Earnest was revived several times, first by Alexander then others. Eventually it became one of the most popular plays in the British repertory. It’s been adapted for radio and television, made into six musicals, two operas, and two popular film versions, exactly 50 years apart. In 1995, the British critic and journalist Mark Lawson declared it the second most known and quoted play in English, after Hamlet.


Is there an elevator at the theater?

No, there is no elevator at the theater unfortunately. There are three flights of stairs up to the theater level. Please plan accordingly. Refunds cannot be issued due to lack of elevator.

Are there restrooms on the same floor as the theater?

Yes, the restrooms are on the same floor as the theater.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The theater is located on Ninth Avenue between West 50th and West 51st Streets. Your best option is public transportation - the C/E subway stops at 50th Street and 8th Ave, just 1 block away. The 1 train, N/R, and B,D,F, and M trains also stop on 49th or 50th streets, on varying avenues 1-3 additional blocks away.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is a great way to bus in from New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Located on 8th Avenue and 41-43rd Streets, one can walk directly to the theater or take the C/E trains one stop.

Street parking is limited, so if driving in, we suggest looking for a garage to park in - there are several on the West 50th street block between 8th and 9th Avenues.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us at hamletunmasked@gmail.com with any questions.

What's the refund policy?

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We recommend bringing a print out for safety purposes. However we will have a print out of purchasers and the number of seats purchased at the theater.

Is my ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please email hamletunmasked@gmail.com if you are giving your ticket to another person. If you are attending as a group and the person who purchased the tickets will be there, you do not need to email the names of the additional attendees (but definitely mark yourself attending on the Facebook Page!)

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John DeSotelle Studio Theater

754 9th Avenue

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New York, NY 10019

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