The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Directed and Adapted by Michael Raver
  • From the book by Oscar Wilde
  • Starring The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley)
  • Featuring Nathan Lee Graham as Lady Bracknell
  • Foley Sound Effects by Debbie Tjong

Description

Oscar Wilde's brilliant comedy, reimagined as a radio play with foley sound effects, captures with wit and charm the absurdity and delight of the Victorian "age of surfaces" (as Lady Bracknell calls it,). This scintillating, hilarious work, adapted as a radio play, introduces us to Jack and Algernon, charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But the two fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, Gwendolen and Cecily – both of whom are partial to men named Ernest. Will Jack and Algy be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? Wicked wit and dead-on social satire are wrapped in a confection of dual identities, matrimonial matters, and the provenance of a particular handbag.

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Lauren Molina
Lauren
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Lauren Molina

LAUREN MOLINA is a co-creator and performer with the comedy-pop, undie-rock band The Skivvies. Her Broadway credits include Regina in Rock of Ages and Johanna in the actor-musician revival of Sweeney Todd. Regionally she starred as Cunegunde in Candide at the Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre in DC (Helen Hayes Award). She originated the role of Bella Rose in Desperate Measures Off-Broadway and received nominations for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress. Also Off-Broadway: Marry Me A Little (Drama League Nomination / Revival Cast Album). Other favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse), Countess in A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), and Eileen in Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre) In 2019, she and her Skivvies partner Nick Cearley co-conceived a new actor-musician revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She also performed in It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Bucks County Playhouse in 2012 and debuted a 3-person version of the same show for the Laguna Playhouse virtually in 2020. www.laurenmolina.com.

Nick Cearley
Nick
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Nick Cearley

NICK CEARLEY is the co-creator of The Skivvies (www.theskivviesnyc.com) with Lauren Molina. Broadway / 1st National Tour of All Shook Up. Off Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Pageant (Off Broadway Original Revival Cast / Cast Album on Jay Records), Sex Tips…, Cupid & Psyche. Selected Regional: Eight regional premieres of the critically-acclaimed one person play Buyer & Cellar, The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse/ Directed by Hunter Foster), Little Shop of Horrors (Portland Center Stage / Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Along with Molina, Cearley co-conceived the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park slated for an Off Broadway production in 2021. The Skivvies debut album “The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show” is available now on all streaming platforms. Twitter & Instagram: @clearlycearley, @theskivviesnyc www.nickcearley.com

Nathan Lee Graham
Lady Bracknell
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Nathan Lee Graham

NATHAN LEE GRAHAM has been an active force in film, television, theatre and the recording industry for the past thirty years. Mr Graham has been the originator of over 17 wonderfully diverse and hilarious roles on stage and screen. He is most known for the films Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch. On the small screen, he has been seen in The Comeback, and had guest starring roles on Scrubs, Absolutely Fabulous, Law & Order SVU, Broad City and as the always fabulous Bernard in the Fox comedy LA TO VEGAS! As well as “Francois” on the CW show Katy Keene and currently as “Draque Noir” on the Hulu series WOKE. His stage appearances include the original Broadway casts of The Wild Party and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Mr. Graham recently received a 2017 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for The View Upstairs. In 2016, he received the IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for The Colored Museum. Graham also received a Drama League nomination for the role of Rey-Rey in the off-Broadway production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! In 2005, he earned the Best Classical Album Grammy Award for Songs of Innocence and of Experience as a soloist. Nathan is a recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. In 2017, Graham won the Jose Esteban Munoz Award from the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and was featured in OUT Magazine’s Out100.