Alabama School of the Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Sept. 14-16

Kathy Dean News

MOBILE, Ala. – Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” kicks off the Alabama School of the Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series at University of Mobile Sept. 14-16.

The play will be held on the campus of University of Mobile in Ram Hall on Sept. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at and at the door. General admission is $15, and student tickets with an ID are $10.

Season tickets are also available with discounts for groups of 10 or more for the full 2018-2019 performing arts season of the Alabama School of the Arts. Season tickets are $140 per person and may be ordered at or by calling the Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2383.

Rebeca Lake, chair of the Department of Theatre and assistant professor of theatre at the Alabama School of the Arts, directs the university’s first theatrical performance of the season.

She said theatre students are excited about delving into the language which Oscar Wilde is a genius at, exploring every bit of humor and peppering the fast-paced tempo of the play with moments of physical comedy.

“The exciting challenge as a director has been to maintain a good tempo, but to also find what I like to call ‘taffy moments.’ These are moments where time suddenly expands for a character, either because a discovery has been made, or they are stealing a moment with the one they love, or they are trying to salvage a disintegrating conversation. In these moments we have played with squeezing out every bit of nuanced comedy before bouncing back and resuming normal speed,” Lake said.

The plot involves two young eligible bachelors who find society too restricting and have invented characters that help them escape societal confines.

The one who lives in the city creates an invalid who lives in the country who frequently falls ill and must be visited. The one who lives in the country creates a younger brother who lives in the city and must be rescued from the “scrapes” he gets himself into.

Enter two opinionated young ladies, one fiercely protective mother, a bumbling governess, a beleaguered reverend, two mischievous servants, and you have the making of a brilliant comedy. As the play and their love stories progress everything gets twisted up into an inextricably intertwined bundle of nerves and lies and only a series of confessions will begin to unravel the path to truth.

The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile offers comprehensive, professional training in acting, dance and voice in a collaborative and Christ-centered environment. The theatre program prepares students for professional work, teaching or pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts. Students gain practical experience through the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts.

The Theatre Department offers the Bachelor of Music in musical theatre, the Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance, and the Bachelor of Arts in theatre directing and stage management.

For information about bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile, visit or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.


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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.