The Importance of Being Earnest (In New York)

Friday, August 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 18 at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 19 at 7:30pm

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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.

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.”

For questions regarding ticketing, please email or call Jami Poe at 802-768-1303.

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Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

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