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Theater to Present The Importance of Being Earnest
Published: October 13 2016

The Theater Department at Arkansas State University–Beebe will present The Importance of Being Earnest on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Auditorium on the Beebe campus.


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde was produced in 1895 in London, England. The satirical comedy presents Jack Worthing, the play’s protagonist, as a pillar of the community in Hertfordshire, where he a major landowner and justice of the peace, with tenants, farmers, and a number of servants and other employees all dependent on him. For years, he has pretended to have an irresponsible black-sheep brother named Ernest who leads a scandalous life. No one but Jack knows that he himself is Ernest. The story unfolds and everyone finds out there is in fact no real Ernest, and that Ernest and Jack are one in the same.

The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest includes Jacob Ladyman of Searcy as Jack Worthing; Joseph Blackwell of Vilonia as Lane; Joshua May of Romance as Algernon Moncrieff; Jenny Benson of Lonoke as Lady Bracknell; Lauren Goddard of Heber Springs as Gwendolyn Bracknell; Maddison Davis of Beebe as Cecily Cardew; Jason Fisher of Austin as Reverend Chasuble; Emily Rollins of Letona as Miss Prism; and Emily Humphrey of Beebe as Merriman.


ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in central Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. 


General admission to the show is $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors. Military members and ASU-Beebe students receive two free admissions to the performance.


The Owen Center Auditorium is located on the Beebe campus at 1100 W. Iowa Street. For more information about ASU-Beebe, call (501) 882-3600 or view the website at www.asub.edu.


Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System.  With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.  The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.