Earnest or What's in a Name?

book, music and lyrics by Leonard Diamond

directed by Laura Gilbert
produced by Jane Farnol

July 12,13 19,20 26,27,28 August 2,3 2013

This musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest “in the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan” is making its world premiere at TheatreWorks. In 1895, the world-famous theatrical team of Gilbert and Sullivan fell apart. The partnership apparently over for good, composer Arthur Sullivan immediately began searching for a new librettist and quickly found Mr. Wilde, who had just completed an extraordinary new play that seemed the ideal piece to set to music...well, you know the name! If Gilbert and Sullivan hadn’t ultimately reconciled, this “what if” scenario of a Wilde-Sullivan collaboration provides audiences with a delightfully charming and frothy musical comedy.



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Cast List

Oscar Wilde David Anctil


Sir Arthur Sullivan Frank Arcaro


Lane, the butler Jack Harding


Algernon Moncrief Charles Roth


Jack Worthing Ian Maitland


Lady Bracknell Glenn R. Couture


Gwendolen Fairfax Carey Van Hollen


Merriman, the butler John Bolster


Cecily Cardew Becca Myhill


Miss Prism Beth Bonnabeau


Reverend Chasuble Fred Rueck



Production Staff

Director Laura Gilbert

Musical Director/Pianist David Anctil

Assistant Musical Director Beth Bonnabeau

Musical Staging Bradford Blake

Costume Design Susan Becker Aziz

Wig & Hair Design Lisa Toigo - EnV Hair Lounge

Set Design Glenn R Couture

Stage Manager Abby Hambidge

Lighting Design Richard Pettibone, Scott Wyshynski

Builders Scott Wyshynski, Glenn Couture, John Bolster, Frank Russo, Laura Gilbert, Sonnie Osborne, Jay Novicky, Richard Pettibone

Running Crew Dan Knowlton

Publicity Tom Libonate

Photography Richard Pettibone

Web Site Design printplusdesignllc.com

House Manager Christine Daley, Jill Pace

Producer Jane Farnol


Special Thanks

Merton & Dawn Larmore from Litchfield County Pickers, Maryann Hambidge, Debbie Myhill, Joe Russo, Suzi Pettibone, Norwalk High School


Set Design


Production Reviews

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TheatreWorks performed in 'Earnest'