The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies

– freeFall Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest With Zombies begins previews on October 2, 2015 and runs through November 1, 2015 officially opening freeFall’s new season. This world premiere production is adapted by freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis from the play by Oscar Wilde. Davis also directs.

freeFall’s production stars Nick Lerew and Daniel Schwab as John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, respectively. The duo will play the two bachelor friends who lead double lives slaying zombies and courting the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Kelly Pekar) and Cecily Cardew (Maya Handa Naff). Lerew and Pekar are members of freeFall’s new resident company.

Also appearing are fellow cast members Donna Donnelly (freeFall’s Harvey), Jennifer Christa Palmer (American Stage’s One Slight Hitch), Larry Alexander (Les Miserables on Broadway) and Matthew McGee (freeFall’s Mame). Susan Haldeman will portray the hilarious and social-climbing Lady Bracknell. Palmer will take on the role of zombie hunter Miss Prism, while Alexander and McGee, Bay area audience favorites; will play Reverend Canon Chasuble and Lane/Merriman.

The design and production team includes Amy Cianci (costumes), James Zervas (lighting), Matt Davis (Steampunk weaponry), Blake Braswell (fight choreographer) and Loryn Pretorious (Wigs and Special FX make-up).

Oscar Wilde’s classic satire on societal conventions is even more biting when played against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse. In the tradition of mash-up lit like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, this evening of impeccable manners, mistaken identities, and corpses rising from the dead will send audiences out of the theatre giggling – or checking over their shoulder.

Whether a fan of Oscar Wilde or The Walking Dead, audiences will delight in this sidesplitting riff on decorum and decay.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting the freeFall box office.

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