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Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781580815901
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This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

This audiobook includes an interview with director Michael Hackett, professor of theater in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA.

This LA Theatre Works full-cast performance features James Marsters as Jack, Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell, Emily Bergl as Cecily, Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman, Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism, Christopher Neame as Chasuble, Matthew Wolf as Algernon, and Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen. Directed by Michael Hackett, it was recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

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About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.