Live from Broadway: "The Importance of Being Earnest" in HD at 7pm June 24!
The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD is being captured live in high-definition from the Broadway stage for a screening at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. June 24. The Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to present this Tony-nominated production in conjunction with the Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience, starring the inimitable Brian Bedford, who also directs this version of the Oscar Wilde classic.
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company : It’s a hilarious production of a true classic, with a gorgeous design and an unforgettable performance from Brian Bedford at the top of his considerable game. The show is so widely appealing that it is just perfect to be sent out into movie theatres around the world. Besides, anyone who has seen Brian’s performance in this production will testify that his Lady Bracknell cannot be confined to one stage, or even one theatre! It is truly an honor to bring the experience of live theatre to people all over the world and it is my hope that those who have never set foot inside a Broadway house will have the thrill of seeing a show live on Broadway. It’s also exciting to have the chance to make Oscar Wilde’s classic play accessible to students who live far beyond the reaches of Roundabout’s extensive Education program. Families and educators who have cultivated a love for Wilde’s work will have the chance to experience his most popular play the way it was meant to be seen.
Susan Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works: Two words: Wilde and Bedford. Oscar Wilde had a gift for writing hilarious and urbane plays which also doubled as devastating social commentary, and The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde at his funniest and his most subversive. Few actors are more capable of bringing out both sides of Wilde than Brian Bedford. Brian has commanded the stage for more than half a century – and with our HD broadcast of The Importance of Being Earnest, many thousands more will have the opportunity to see this legendary actor in his element. Bedford delivers a real tour-de-force in the part of Lady Bracknell.
Brian Bedford, Director and Star of The Importance of Being Earnest: "My best imaginable Valentine this year was from the drama critic of the London Daily Telegraph. On February 14 he wrote: 'It is probably not possible to find absolute perfection in this sublunary world, but Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest comes tantalisingly close. One wouldn’t wish it a line longer or shorter, and it turns frivolity into high art, with the simple but admirable aim of creating a conspiracy of pure pleasure.' He then went on to say that our production of Earnest was the finest he’d ever seen.
"And that in a nutshell is why I’m so grateful that Earnest is going to be seen outside of New York – even all over the world. 'Pure pleasure!' Everybody at this moment in time deserves a couple of hours of that endangered experience."
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to watch the Broadway production at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. June 24. Box office is open one hour prior to performance times, as well as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday each week. Or call 541-265-2787 to purchase tickets!