All Male Production Of Wilde Play Comes To Slipstream

By |2015-06-25T09:00:00-04:00June 25th, 2015|Entertainment, Theater|

After a critically acclaimed and intensely bloody run of “Hamlet,” Slipstream Theatre Initiative says “goodbye” to death and “hello” to marriage in the most wickedly funny way!
“The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, features an all-male cast, is set in the deep South (Atlanta and Willacoochie, to be exact) and takes you on a thrill ride of side splitting laughter and a journey from the city to the country – quite literally. Filled with all the form and wit of Wilde’s original text and combined with the charm and hospitality of southerners, this “Earnest” takes every stab at marriage and society possible, and leaves no comic stone unturned. It promises to have you rolling on the floor… or at least wanting to take a ride in Lady Bracknell’s Hoveround!
This is Slipstream’s sixth and next to last show of their first season.
The show, which runs through July 7, paired with The Trevor Project for this production in Slipstream’s custom of “sharing is caring.” The Trevor Project, known for its nationwide work helping to prevent teen suicide in LGBTQ Youth, is also the creator of the “It Gets Better” Campaign, which features established and proud LGBTQ adults proclaiming the many ways life gets better, including marriage equality.
It’s Pride season, and marriage equality is at a peak in international headlines. This production (though presented as an uproarious satire, as Wilde intended), delves deeply into the definition(s) of marriage and why the struggle for marriage equality in American society seems to be such an extraordinary battle. So bring some sweet tea, a couple of muffins and come “Bunburying.”
The cast features founding company member Steve Xander Carson as Algernon, Slipstream’s Artistic Director Bailey Boudreau as Cecily, Slipstream regular Graham Todd as Mr. Jack Worthing, new company member Patrick Flanagan as Gwendolyn, founding company member and Slipstream’s Technical Director Ryan Ernst as Lane/Merriman, Wayne State graduate Carl Bentley as Miss Prism, the ever hilarious founding board member Jay Jolliffe as Dr. Chausible and founding company member & Metro Detroit Theatre regular Richard Payton in the coveted role of Lady Bracknell.
The production is directed by Slipstream’s Associate Artistic Director Luna Alexander (right off her triumphant run as Hamlet) and founding company member Egla Kishta (coming off her highly acclaimed runs of Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Nora in “A Doll’s House”) as Assistant Director. Costumes and props are by Bailey Boudreau. Technical Direction is by Ryan Ernst.
The all-male play is presented with no intermission at Slipstream’s Summer Home: 20937 John R. Road in Hazel Park. All tickets are $10 in advance only and all performances are at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and no walk-ins will be permitted. Run time for the play is 85 minutes.
Reserve tickets at http://www.SlipstreamTI.com or by emailing [email protected] with a requested date.

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