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The Importance Of Being Earnest   - Project ID # 1628748
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Virginia Beach, VA Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   10-24-21
Audition Date   11-16-21 Submission Deadline   11-14-21
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Norfolk, VA>Washington, DC

You are cordially invited to a comedy of manners, sophistication, and frivolity that could only come from the mind of Oscar Wilde! Meet two dashing bachelors and dear friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who each created an alter ego in order to escape the humdrum of gentlemanly life and the boring trappings of respectability that go along with it.

Enter the Honorable Gwendolen and the fair Cecily, who are determined to marry a man named Ernest. Add to the mix a domineering and society focused matriarch, a missing heir, and a battered handbag, and you have Oscar Wilde's classic drawing-room comedy.

Please prepare one monologue, preferably memorized. Additional readings may be requested per the director's discretion. Headshots and resumes are not required but are always welcome.
Comic delivery and physical comedy needed for all roles.

Role # 1 - John Worthing Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
A seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, he is known as Jack. In London, where he is a careless bachelor, he is known as Ernest. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon\'s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Algernon Moncrief Submit yourself for this role
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Nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax. He is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Lady Bracknell Submit yourself for this role
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Gwendolen's mother and Algernon's aunt; she is the perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness – the belief that style is more important than substance and that social and class barriers are to be enforced. She is a strongly opinionated matriarch, who bullies everyone in her path. *This role can be played by a female or a male.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 40 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Gwendolyn Fairfax Submit yourself for this role
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Algernon's cousin and Lady Bracknell's daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, who she knows as Ernest. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 30
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Cecily Cardew Submit yourself for this role
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Jack Worthing's ward, granddaughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is strong willed, romantic and imaginative, and yearns for more excitement in her life than can be found on Jack's country estate.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 30
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Rev. Canon Chasuble Submit yourself for this role
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The rector on Jack's estate. Considers himself an intellectual and can be a bit verbose. He has been celibate all his life but entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 35 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Miss Prism Submit yourself for this role
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Cecily's governess, and a model of Victorian morality. She is educating Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. She does have a softer side, however, and entertains secret romantic feelings for Reverend Chasuble.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 35 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Lane Submit yourself for this role
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Algernon's manservant, he is cynical and has seen it all. He is totally honest with his employer, but has no problems lying for Algernon when required.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 35 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Merriman Submit yourself for this role
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The manservant on Jack's country estate. Though trying his best to maintain a professional attitude, Merriman is amused by the unusual events of the play.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 35 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -