The Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Potsdam will present Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest," from March 8 to March 17.

Performances will be offered this weekend on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Next weekend's performances will be Thursday through Saturday, March 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. All performances are in the Black Box Theater, located in Satterlee Hall.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" is considered one of the greatest comedies in dramatic literature. The play premiered in England in 1895. Since that time, Wilde's masterpiece has endured countless revivals, three film adaptations and translations into languages across the globe.

In a preface to the Barron edition of the play, the editors explain: "Perhaps 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is best regarded as a unique specimen of the comedy of cleverness, standing between comedy of manners and comedy of ideas... The play as a whole is a blending of the high comedy spirit of Congreve and Sheridan with the farcical spirit of the Marx brothers."

Oscar Wilde

The student cast includes: Joseph Angiulio, Mackenzie Barmen, Carlene Daly, Andrew Fahy, Jason Francey, Jordan Funk, Rachel Jerome, Lilly MacAvoy and Tom Piroli.

Theatre Department Artist-in-Residence Susan Neal directs. Assistant Professor Todd Canedy designed the set for the Black Box Theater's thrust configuration. Theatre Education alumna Tilly Adams is the costume designer. Associate Professor Don Borsh is the production's lighting designer. Theatre major Elizabeth Munz is the stage manager.

Ticketing services for this event are provided by the Community Performance Series Box Office. Tickets are available by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting www.cpspotsdam.org. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff or senior citizens, and $5 for students and youth.