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FAU to Present Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 5, 2013) – The Department of Theatre and Dance within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an outrageous comedy set in 1890s England. The play runs from Friday, Nov 15 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Kathryn L. Johnston, is set in Victorian England and revolves around four protagonists who maintain fictitious persona in order to escape burdensome social obligations.

“It is a trivial comedy for serious people,” said Johnston. “While the setting is 1890s England, anyone who finds the appearance of Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians on their evening news broadcast puzzling, frustrating or the end of civilization as we know it will enjoy this satire of Victorian society -- where the trivial is important and the important is trivialized.”

Shows are on Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 1 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under age 12 may purchase tickets for $12; and group prices are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-564-9539 or at


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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