The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Shishir Kurup

December 1 - 9, 2018

The Little Theatre

This Victorian farce is much more than a comedy of crossed wires and mistaken identity. As a closeted gay man in Victorian England, author Oscar Wilde deftly infuses deception into the plot of Earnest as a mirror of the deception he was forced to live. In retrospect, the work is both a comic masterpiece and a brilliant encoding of “the love that dare not speak its name.”

Evenings: Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Evening: Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Dec. 2*, 8, 9 at  2:00 p.m.

General $18
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $15
Art Subscribers $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at

UCI Drama – 2018/19 Season

“Against All Odds”

History provides countless examples of individuals, communities, and nations facing desperate, unjust, and even seemingly impossible circumstances; yet somehow, time and again, they find the will and the means to overcome. These are the stories that make great theatre, and indeed, that keep us personally inspired and hopeful in difficult times. As citizens of this particular sociopolitical moment, when we are bombarded from every outlet to the brink of despondent apathy, we invite you to join us in living journeys of those who were faced with substantial adversity, but survived – and thrived – against all odds.

- Gary Busby, Drama Chair/Producing Artistic Director

December 1, 2018 - 8:00pm
December 2, 2018 - 2:00pm
December 5, 2018 - 7:30pm
December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm
December 7, 2018 - 8:00pm
December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
December 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
December 9, 2018 - 2:00pm