the importance of being earnest
(in new york)

By Oscar Wilde
Adapted and Directed by David Zippel
August 17th, 18th, 19th, 2018


TONY AWARD Winner (City of Angels) and 2-time OSCAR Nominee (Disney’s Hercules & Mulan) David Zippel directs a concert format reading of his update of the classic comedy by Oscar Wilde – set in New York in 2018 – at Trump Tower and in East Hampton.  This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.  All-Star Cast to be announced.  

Venue: The Arkell Pavillion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
David Zippel’s inspiration for the adaptation:  “The idea came about when I took a group of kids from The Young Women’s Leadership School of Harlem to see a traditional production of The Importance of Being Earnest.   I was unsure how they would relate to the play and to its Victorian setting - but, to my delight, they were engrossed.  The girls completely connected with the characters and with Wilde’s brilliant wit and humor.  It struck me while watching the girls watch the play that when the play was initially produced, it was not a ‘period piece’, but was a contemporary reflection of the society who came to see it.  Because its message and its humor have held up so well for over a century (and because we are certainly a no less shallow society than the Victorians), it also occurred to me that it would be fun and funny to set the play in present day New York - at Trump Tower and in East Hampton.  Without changing the vast majority of Wilde’s brilliant language and only adjusting the locations, the dress, the accents and a few proper nouns, I am excited to re-introduce the play as a reflection of contemporary society. In this form we might approximate the experience of seeing Wilde’s brilliant comedy as its initial audiences did.


Ticket Information Coming Soon


Where To Stay

The Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT is the official lodging partner for The Importance of Being Earnest (In New York) attendees. Book a room online at the link here.