Columbia University's Arts Uptown Program and Sonnet Repertory Theatre present a staged reading of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" on Monday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. the Black Box Theatre, Alfred Lerner Hall.
Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" is a comedy that proves to be a modern and complex tale of deception, intrigue, mistaken identities and secrets from the past. The play explores hypocrisy and weakness among London society at the turn of the 20th-century, while also addressing the subjects of friendship, betrayal and trust. No less a social satire than his other plays, Wilde balances the melodramatic suspense of a political thriller with a harsh look at ethical compromise and ambition.
This one-night-only event offers a sneak preview on campus of "An Ideal Husband" which will run October 30 - November 16 at the Sande Shurin Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street (8/9 Av), 6th Floor.
Featured in the cast are Kasey Mahaffy, "Assassins" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Christi Pusz of Broadway's "La Boheme" and "Dinner At Eight." Also featured are: James Beecher (Kenneth Branaugh's "Public Enemy" and Irish Rep's "Whistle In The Dark") and playwright Judy Deylin (Looking Glass' "Old Masters" and "High Tea" with MTC Studios). Other cast members include: Ben Cherry, Karen Eke, Monica Francisco, Katrina Kent, Sean Kent, Jeffrey Kitrosser, Robyne Parrish, Jordan Simmons and Phil Wilcox.
"An Ideal Husband" is directed by John Gray who also directed the recent revival of "Das Barbecu," the first version produced in New York since the original off-Broadway production in 1994.
According to Gray, "Wilde is all about words -- action happens through conversation; that being said, we must remind ourselves that Wilde wrote his plays to take place 'in the present' and that Western Theater of the late 19th-century was only beginning to investigate the power of 'natural behavior' and 'real' life on the stage. The nuances and delights of 'Husband' are explored through a complicated mixture of tones, making the piece a hodgepodge of melodrama, dark comedy and considerably more."
Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Incorporated (SRT), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing and promoting classic theatre for the modern planet. Comprised of a core company of actors and other arts professionals, SRT relies on the text, language and ingenuity of the actor to breathe new life into these timeless treasures. Also dedicated to cultivating new plays and musicals by emerging artists during its summer season, SRT endeavors to bridge the gap between the best of the old and the best of the new. Through its development of curriculum for the classroom, SRT aims to entertain and educate young people by exposing a whole new generation of students to classic works in a way that is interactive and fun.
Now in its second year, Arts Uptown provides small theaters space for one-night performances to cultivate new work and develop new audiences from the Columbia community. Arts Uptown also serves as a liaison to the Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York to promote student discount ticket programs and internship opportunities for Columbia students.
Seating is limited and a $5 donation is suggested. For reservations call 212-854-4902.