College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde
A podcast production (May 2021)
University of Guam Theater invites the public to enjoy its latest play from the comfort of their home or car. The group has produced a podcast performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” — a comedy about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and romantic entanglements.
“You can listen to it on any device at your convenience in the comfort of your home and let your imagination paint the world the play is set in,” said Associate Professor of Theater Michelle Blas, who directed the play.
The plot follows two bachelors who lead a carefully hidden double life. Their secret leads to trouble as they attempt to unscramble the web of lies they created in the hopes of winning the hands of a London socialite and a charming country girl. Through a series of unlikely situations encompassed by witty dialog, the play explores the themes of morality, hypocrisy, and the nature of marriage.
“Our Guam audience will especially appreciate that it’s witty,” Blas said. “And in these times, it’s always helpful to take opportunities to put a smile on your face.”
The cast of performers are all UOG students and alumni. The cast includes Robert Wang, James Aevermann, Sara Untalan, Stephanie Smith, Rayanna Guzman, Michelle Blas, Peter Verhoeff, and Justine Losinio.