The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, outdoor performance at the Fenimore Art Museum's lakeside Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.
On August 16, 1882, The Otsego Republican described the arrival of playwright Oscar Wilde to Cooperstown during his Great American Lecture Tour. This year, on August 1, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, a play by Oscar Wilde, arrives for a one month run–set against the backdrop of beautiful Otsego Lake at Fenimore Art Museum's Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Presented by Fenimore Art Museum's Glimmer Globe Theatre and directed by Karen Butler, the play features a wonderful ensemble cast which includes Carl Loewenguth, Stacy Nelson, Scott West, Roxanne Rippa, and Gary Koutnik. Performances take place on August 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, and 29 at 7:00 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed on February 14, 1895, at the St. James's Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape "burdensome" social obligations. Glimmer Globe Theatre has given the play an absurd twist, making it as playfully avant-garde as Oscar Wilde himself would have liked.
This is the fourth season of live theatre in Fenimore's stunning lakeside amphitheater. Previous acclaimed productions include William Shakespeare's Othello (2018) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017), Arthur Miller's The Crucible (2016) and Shakespeare's Macbeth (2015).
Enjoy a drink on Fenimore's garden terrace overlooking the Otsego Lake before the show. Beer and wine are served from 5:30-7:00 p.m. prior to each performance.
Advance tickets are available on the Fenimore's website through Eventbrite. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater the evening of any performance between 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $13.50 Seniors/Members, $10 Students/Youths ages 17 and under, Free ages six and under (please select the free ticket option for children six and under when using Eventbrite). Concessions, blankets, and seat cushions will be available for purchase.
In the event of a performance cancelation due to inclement weather, all tickets will be valid for any subsequent Glimmer Globe performance for the rest of the season. Refunds are available up to seven days prior to the event through Eventbrite. If you're unsure of the possibility of a cancelation, please call (888) 547-1492 on the evening of a performance between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. or visit FenimoreArt.org.
Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit FenimoreArt.org.
Fenimore's summer performances are sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, Otsego County Board of Representatives, NYCM Insurance, Melinda Hardin & Lou Allstadt, and Dr. Richard Sternberg.
About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper's "Glimmerglass"—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region's unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.