On Thursday, December 2, members of the press met the cast of The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which is set to play American Airlines Theatre, December 17-March 6, with an opening on January 13. Brian Bedford will direct the production, and also play the role of Lady Bracknell.

In this comedy of mistaken identity, dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities -- not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

The cast will also feature Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff, David Furr as Jack Worthing, Dana Ivey as Miss Prism, Tim MacDonald as Merriman, Paul O'Brien as Lane, Charlotte Parry as Cecily Cardew, Sara Topham as Gwendolyn, and Paxton Whitehead as Reverend Chausible. Sandra Shipley serves as understudy for the role of Lady Bracknell.

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Back: Paul O'Brien, David Furr, Sandra Shipley, Paxton Whitehead, and Santino Fontana
Front: Charlotte Parry, Brian Bedford, Dana Ivey, and Sara Topham
(© Tristan Fuge)
Back: Paul O'Brien, David Furr, Sandra Shipley, Paxton Whitehead, and Santino Fontana
Front: Charlotte Parry, Brian Bedford, Dana Ivey, and Sara Topham
(© Tristan Fuge)