Ohio Dominican University Student Theatre Troupe to Perform Fall Play - The Importance of Being Earnest



COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s student theatre group, The Panther Players, is proud to present one of the most popular and most performed plays of all times the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest at Ohio Dominican’s Erskine Hall - Matesich Theatre, located on main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. For the first time, the group will perform for two consecutive weeks beginning Friday, November 7 and 14 (7 p.m.), Saturday, November 8 and 15, (7 p.m.) and Sunday, November 9 (2 p.m.). Doors open for the Friday and Saturday shows at 6:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for the general public. Children under 5 are admitted free.

“It is a feat in itself for an almost entirely student-run theatre organization to sustain itself for as long as the current one has,” said Phil Rogers, Vice President of The Panther Players. “On top of this, the shows of the last few years have been fetching record crowds. With the addition of a second weekend for shows, the Panther Players seem to be breaking into a new era, with theatrical excellence as the goal.”

Production Synopsis: Leading men—Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing —both assume the identity of Jack’s fictitious brother Ernest. This of course leads to immense confusion and comedy when each of their love interests, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, fall in love with men that they believe are called Ernest. With the added pressure of brutal expectations from Gwendolen’s mother, Lady Bracknell, the situation escalates in a manner that only a classic piece of Victorian Era satire could. Eventually the men are forced to come clean, with rather entertaining results. The last act yields an unpredictable surprise as love and luck pay off in the end.

With two productions a year – one in the fall and spring – the Panther Players is completely comprised of students on both the artistic and production side.


Joshua Stutz (junior) - director
Kate Clarke (freshman) - assistant director
Jonathan McKay (senior) - production manager
Joshua Muhlenkamp (senior) - production managers


Chris Echesabal (senior)…..Jack Worthing
Tom Lewis (freshman)…..Algernon Moncrieff
Lindsey Pruett (freshman)…..Gwendolen Fairfax
Brittany Viney (freshman)…..Cecily Cardew
Adrienna Priest (freshman)…..Lady Bracknell
Ginny Lubanski (sophomore)…..Miss Prism
Phillip Rogers (senior)….. Rev. Canon Chasuble
John Elrich (sophomore)….. Merriman the Butler, Lane the Manservant

For more information: please contact ODU’s Student Activities Office at (614) 251-4726. Free parking is available in the Gold Lot, west of Sunbury Road and left of the football field.