The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTLY LGBTQ+
Launches 2022 Season at The Actors Temple
Beginning Thursday, May 12
Producers John Lant and Maarten Cornelis with Write Act Repertory
and Gatehouse Entertainment present a modern, inclusive take on
Oscar Wilde’s classic story transplanted to New York City
NEW YORK, NY (Thursday, May 5, 2022) – The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ begins its second Off-Broadway season presenting its hilariously unique and contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” beginning Thursday, May 12 at The Actors Temple (339 West 47th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues). Tickets are on sale now.
Produced by John Lant and Maarten Cornelis with Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment, The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ showcases a mix of new cast members and a number of returning favorites in this classic tale that gets a glam New York City makeover.
The story centers on John “Jack” Worthing who loves New York City and Gwyn Fairfax. He decides he can have both when he assumes the name of his made-up brother, Ernest. When Algernon, “Algy” (John’s best friend) falls in love with Cecil (John’s ward), he too decides to take on the name of Ernest. With John pursuing one man and Algy pursuing another, Lady Bracknell (who happens to be Gwyn’s mother) slowly unravels the odd strings of potential matchmaking. Two men sharing one name inevitably leads to a mess of imaginary identities, good-natured gossip, and ridiculous romance.
OnStage Blog says the show is a “…delightfully imaginative adaptation that demonstrates a clear understanding of Wilde’s text while also making it fresh for the modern audience.” While TheaterScene.net says it “wildly lives up to its title,” and is “witty, steadfast and daffy.”
“Wilde’s play is a masterpiece and I wanted to stay as close to the original language as I could. But I also approached it as if Wilde lived in a different time and in a society in which LGBTQ+ characters evolved without bigotry,” said Producer and Director Maarten Cornelis. “We were thrilled that audiences responded so positively to it when it opened last year and our plan is to make this an annual event so people will have an ongoing opportunity to experience it.”
Tickets start at $49.50 and are on sale now via Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit https://actorstempletheatre.com/ or https://www.earnestlgbtq.com/
The 2022 cast of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTLY LGBTQ+ features
Logan Hurd (John / Earnest), Cameron Keith (Algy), Scotty Kall (Gwen), Julian Socha (Cecil), Kevin Hughes-Noboa (Lady Bracknell), Jaclyn Johnson (Miss Prism), Sarah McAfee (Dr. Chasuble), Kirsten Anderson (Merriman / Lane) with Amari Flynn (Dancer 1) and Rodney J Jackson (Dancer 2). Additional cast members include Jerome Allen-Smith, Andrew Caira, Jonathan Cruz, Chris Godshall, Alexandra Gomez and Francis MacCall.
The creative team also includes Rebecca Ponticello (Assistant Director, Casting Associate), Aurora J. Winger (Production Stage Manager), Alexa Sacks-Wilner (Assistant Stage Manager), Kyle Jack (Choreographer), Maarten Cornelis (Light Designer), Adam Hamdy (Associate Light Designer), Amanda Scanze (Costume Designer), Martina Duque (Set & Graphic Designer), Jennifer Steward (Props Designer), Alan Miller (Public Relations), Trevor Trotto (Technical Director) and Isaiah A. Delgado (Social Media and Graphics)
Maarten Cornelis (Producer / Director) is an award-winning entrepreneur and an entertainment veteran with over two decades of experience in the industry. He is a Producer, Director, Light Designer, Actor and Film Festival Manager. His interest in the technical world spiked after studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in LA. where he led their theater group. In charge of producing and directing their shows, he eventually became the Institute’s Technical Director. Maarten has also had the honor of designing lights for numerous live events, working with Francis Ford Coppola, the late Ennio Morricone, John Legend, Bianca Del Rio, and many more. He is a frequent guest Light Designer at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has won several awards for his light design and has been published in international design magazines. Maarten is the Founder & CEO of Gatehouse Entertainment (http://www.gatehouse-entertainment.com/), a company focused on film and theatre productions. His movie “Dinner For Two” which he wrote and also starred in has received multiple Best Film awards across the globe and has landed Maarten 5 Best Actors awards already at exclusive film festivals in the US and internationally. He is also the co-owner of Cinematory (https://www.cinematory.com/), a company that maintains and operates 8 major film festivals in North America, including the Boston Short Film Festival and The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival.
Maarten is the founder of Producer’s Night (https://www.producersnight.com/). An exclusive yearly VIP event for new filmmakers to introduce their work to world renowned producers and directors.
He was born in Belgium and divides his time between both NYC and Los Angeles. While he has been directing shows throughout his career, “The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+” was his directing debut in NYC. He is excited to be working with this dream team of a crew and amazing actors once again. For more information on Maarten, please visit: https://www.maartencornelis.com/
John Lant (Producer / Production Manager) is a 40+ year veteran in the entertainment industry, has previously produced 14 Off-Broadway plays, and has been involved in over 700 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions, and was in his 14th season as Production Manager at Carnegie Hall pre-Covid. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting / set designer, he has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, The Odyssey, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, The Elephant Space, Theatre Asylum, Paz Naz, The Met, LATC, the Jewel Box Theatres, Write Act Repertory, Bakersfield Melodrama, the Brickhouse Theatre, St. Luke’s, Actors Temple, Elektra, times Arts Center, EST, Equity Library, All Soul’s and Richmond Shepard Theatres garnering DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week, Garland and Valley Theatre nominations. Executive Producer of New Frequency – Theatre of the Mind, produced 150 original Radio Dramas for SIRIUS/XM Radio’s Sonic Theatre – Ranked #1 Radio show. With Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, he worked on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, mentored under Howard Storm and directed Children’s TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and Anonymous Confessions. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory / Director of Development for Trinity Theatrics and Twisted Media NYC and works as an agent for FATA Booking representing creative above the line talent. He has worked on 27 movies and MOW’s, recently serving as the CCO Supervisor for HBO Max’s Flight Attendant, 14 TV shows, 7 National Tours, Resident Light Designer / Director at Interlochen and BET’s Jazz Masters Live Tv Event and was Stage Manager for Disney Hall’s Outdoor Opening Ceremony and Times Square New Year’s Event 2K featuring 300 Michael Curry Puppets. TRU Board Member, SSDC Member, NYWIFT and SAG Eligible he is currently in pre-Production for Pearl – The Pearl Bailey Musical (with creative and Tony winning team members of Dreamgirls! Original Broadway Cast).