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News U.S. Screenings of Broadway's Importance of Being Earnest Begin June 2; NYC Run Continues The high-def digital film of Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, gets its first screenings starting June 2.

Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford Photo by Joan Marcus

"The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD" screens across the U.S. and internationally June 2-28. Digitally equipped movie theatres and performing arts centers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico and throughout Europe are hosting the special screenings. The June 2 showings are in 16 states, including New York, Pennysylvania, Washington, California, Michigan, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Vermont, Rhode Island and more. See the complete list below.

In addition to the complete play, the screening will also include a backstage tour hosted by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce. Alfred Molina and Oscar Wilde expert Michael Hackett will also discuss the writer and the man in an intermission special.

Since its filming, the production of the classic was nominated for three 2011 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Brian Bedford) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Desmond Heeley). Bedford shared his thoughts about the Tony nomination with Playbill.com.

"The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD" was captured live in high-definition from Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre and features the original cast of this new Broadway production, including Dana Ivey as Miss Prism, Paxton Whitehead as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff, David Furr as John Worthing, Tim MacDonald as Merriman, Paul O'Brien as Lane, Charlotte Parry as Cecily Cardew, Sara Topham as Gwendolen Fairfax and Amanda Leigh Cobb as Servant.

Venue and date information for U.S. screenings follow: ARIZONA

The Loft Theater (Tuscon, AZ) – June 5

Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) – June 12



Downtown Independent (Los Angeles, CA) – June 9

The Gaslamp (San Diego, CA) – June 22, 2

James Bridges Theater at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) – June 2, 5

La Mirada Theatre (La Mirada, CA) – June 26

Lark Theater (Larkspur, CA) – June

Mann Theatre (Hollywood, CA) – June 2,

Rialto Cinema Cerrito (El Cerrito, CA) – June 2, 13

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) – June 2, 7

Rialto Cinemas Sixth Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA) – June 7, 14

Sierra Cinemas (Grass Valley, CA) – June 8

Sundance Kabuki (San Francisco, CA) – June 12, 13



Colorado Mountain College (Breckenridge, CO) – June



Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (Old Saybrook, CT) – June 7

Quick Center for the Arts (Fairfield, CT) – June 4, 10



Cinemaworld Majestic (Vero Beach, FL) – June 2, 16



Douglass Theatre (Macon, GA) – June 5, 19



Kahala 8 Theater (Honolulu, HI) – June 16, 19



McKendree University (Lebanon, IL) – June 2

Music Box Theater (Chicago, IL) – June 9, 1



Notre Dame Browning Cinema (Notre Dame, IN) – June 28



The Grand Auditorium (Ellsworth, ME) – June TBC

Leura Hill Eastman PAC, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg, ME) – June 2

The Lincoln Theater (Damariscotta, ME) – June 2

The Strand (Rockland, ME) – June 2, 5, 7



Avalon Theatre (Easton, MD) – June 2



Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) – June 2, 18, 21, 26

Cape Cinema (Dennis, MA) – June 2

Coolidge Corner (Boston, MA) – June 2

Julie Harris Stage (Wellfleet, MA) – June 4, 11, 18, 25

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington, MA) – June 9

Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA) – June 5

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) – June 18



Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor, MI) – June 2



Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) – June



Tivoli Cinemas (Kansas City, MO) – June 13, 19



Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (Lincoln, NE) – June 9, 12



Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH) – June 24, 25

The Music Hall (Portsmouth, NH) – June 2



Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) – June 4



The Lensic (Santa Fe, NM) – June 2

Taos Community Auditorium (Taos, NM) – June 8, 17



Cinema Arts Center (Huntington, NY) – June 2

Cinema 123 (New York, NY) – June 2, 5

Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – June 22

John Drew Theater at Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY) – June

Kew Gardens Cinemas (Queens, NY) – June 2 two showings

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY) – June 11

Spectrum 8 Theatres (Albany, NY) – June 2, 5, 12, 13

Staller Center, SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY) – June 2

Time & Space Limited (Hudson, NY) – June 2, 4, 11, 12



Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem, NC) – June TBC

Lumina Theater at UNCW (Wilmington, NC) – June 2

Sunrise Theater (Southern Pines, NC) – June 2 two showings



Cedar Lee Theatre (Cleveland Height, OH) – June 22, 26



Circle Cinema (Tulsa, OK) – June 9



Newport Performing Arts Center (Newport, OR) – June 24

Third Rail Rep at the World Trade Center Theater (Portland, OR) – June 2,



Allentown Symphony Hall (Allentown, PA) – June 2, 10

Ambler Theater (Ambler, PA) – June 2, 5, 12

Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) – June 2, 5

County Theater (Doylestown, PA) – June 2, 5

Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) – June 2

Oaks Theater (Oakmont, PA) – June 2, 5



Jane Pickens Theater, Event Center (Newport, RI) – June



Paradiso Cinema (Memphis, TN) – June 12, 14



Angelika Film Center (Dallas, TX) – June 8,

Angelika Film Center (Plano, TX) – June 12, 14



Catamount Arts (St. Johnsbury, VT) - June 2, 4

Town Hall Theater/Opera Company (Middlebury, VT) – June 12



The Paramount Theater (Charlottesville, VA) – June 4 two showings



Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall (Washington, DC) – June 28



The Lincoln Theater (Mount Vernon, WA) – June 2, 12

Rose Theatre (Port Townsend, WA) – June 4, 11, 12, 18

SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) – June 2, 5, 12



Sundance Cinemas (Madison, WI) – June 25, 27 

A full list of participating cinemas, exhibition dates and ticket prices is available at www.EarnestHD.com.


"The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD" was filmed and is being distributed to movie theatres and performing arts centers globally by New York-based BY Experience.

Executive producers for cinema are Julie Borchard-Young and Robert Borchard-Young for BY Experience, Susan A. Loewenberg for L.A. Theatre Works, and Harold Wolpert for Roundabout Theatre Company.

Due to demand, the critically acclaimed Broadway engagement of The Importance of Being Earnest was extended 17 weeks through July 3.

Santino Fontana, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham and David Furr
Santino Fontana, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham and David Furr

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