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Auditions Have Closed For... 

The Importance of Being Earnest

Scroll down to meet the cast of Oscar Wilde's incredibly enduring comedy of manners, wit, and wordplay.    

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Sunday, August 6th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM 

Monday, August 7th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

This is an Open Call Audition. There are no reserved timeslots. Actors are welcome to show up at any point within the timeframes provided. 


Actors will be able to read for all parts for which they are auditioning at the time they are seen.


A monologue is not required but welcome if you have one prepared. An Upper RP accent ("posh" English accent) is also not required for auditions but you are welcome to use one.

Performances: Fri/Sat/Sun, October 6th - 15th   

Rehearsals: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs


*Not all actors will be called for every rehearsal. Please come prepared with possible scheduling conflicts.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: 

Westchester Community Church 

1840 Westchester Blvd

Westchester, IL 60154

**Use back entrance**

Performance Location:

Oakbrook Terrace Heritage Center 

1S325 Ardmore Ave

Villa Park, IL 60181

This is an unpaid, non-equity production.






Call: (630) 456-3372


Oscar Wilde revolutionized modern drama and comedic writing with his use of witticism, social commentary, and delightful absurdity. The Importance of Being Earnest is considered by some to be the epitome of his influence on theater. The story follows two bachelors who create fictional personas to pursue their romantic interests, leading to comical misunderstandings and a satirical exploration of society's obsession with superficiality and social conventions.  


The Importance of Being Earnest will be directed by Thomas Lindsay, Artistic Director of The Kirkwood Players. Lindsay has had close ties with the show since the beginning of his 30+ year career in theater, appearing on the professional stage in Chicago as Jack Worthing. The show will be produced by Assistant Director and President of Kp, Erina Johnson, and the tech team will be led by Technical Director, Allen Kallas. 


  • Jack Worthing - Jay Battles - Earnest in London and Jack in the country, he's a seemingly trustworthy man leading a double life

  • Algernon Moncrieff - Jay Dressler - A good friend of Jack's who is similarly venturous, honing his own method for galavanting

  • Gwendolen Fairfax - Keely Smith - Utterly pretentious, fashionable, and in love with Jack, whom she knows as Earnest

  • Cecily Cardew - Carissa Lehning - Jack's ward and obsessed with Jack's fictional brother, whom she knows as Earnest 

  • Lady Bracknell - Jayne Furlong - Algernon’s fearsome, snooty, and overbearing aunt and Gwendolen’s mother; arguably the most quoted character of the play

  • Miss Prism - Margie Gustafson - Cecily's uptight governess whose looser side has a romantic interest in Rev. Chasuble

  • Rev. Canon Chasuble - Craig Gustafson - The vicar of Jack's estate who gets wrapped up in the quest for the name Earnest

  • Lane - Rene Ruelas - Algernon's servant and the eyes and ears of Algernon's home 

  • Merriman - William Lyons - The butler of Jack's country estate

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