Actors bring comedy to UMPI stage Sunday

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Actors bring comedy to UMPI stage Sunday

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host the American Shakespeare Center for a one-matinee-only performance of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest” on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium.

A pre-show talk with members of the troupe will be held at 2:30 p.m. All are invited to witness the wickedly witty writing and nationally renowned performances in this free performance. Donations will be accepted at the door.
The American Shakespeare Center is traveling to UMPI from Virginia to deliver this performance. More than a century after its first performance, this play continues to entertain audiences with its playful language, charming characters, and biting look at contemporary society.
In the play, Jack Worthing, a pillar in his small community, loves Gwendolen Fairfax but runs into several obstacles in his efforts to marry her, not least of which is the double life he leads; he created an imaginary black sheep of a younger brother named Ernest so he could assume that identity during his frequent visits to London.
The American Shakespeare Center has been producing English Renaissance plays in a bold, fresh style, bringing Shakespeare and other early modern works to communities across the country and around the world since 1988. The group also has its own musicians and singers.
For more information, call 768-9452 or e-mail umpi@maine.edu.