An Ideal Husband: California Shakespeare Theater Presents Oscar Wilde's Comedy
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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Fresh from his award-winning production of Shaw's Man and Superman, Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone takes on another great man of words—Oscar Wilde. A sharply elegant comedy about a Victorian villainess' secret which threatens to destroy a seemingly perfect political marriage, An Ideal Husband is, according to Moscone, “Wilde's most modern play. It’s about what goes on behind closed doors in the grand political arena, where the human meets the iconic, and where the characters—and the audience—confront their desire for the ideals in love and in leadership, in ways that are piercingly funny and amazingly relevant."
Now in his ninth season as Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater, Moscone has been highly acclaimed for his productions of Man and Superman, As You Like It, Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Importance of Being Earnest, Julius Caesar, The Seagull, Twelfth Night, and other works. His numerous national credits include productions for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Intiman Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theater, Dallas Theatre, Goodspeed, and Portland Stage Company.
Cal Shakes has assembled a cast of familiar faces and Cal Shakes newcomers for this production: Elijah Alexander, last seen at Cal Shakes in Man and Superman and Restoration Comedy, returns to portray Lord Goring; Associate Artist Julie Eccles (King Lear) plays Gertrude Chiltern; Stacy Ross (Léonide in The Triumph of Love) is the villainess Mrs. Cheveley; Michael Butler, a well known actor, director, and currently the artistic director of Center Rep, makes his Cal Shakes debut as the upstanding politician, Robert Chiltern. Actors returning from the 2007 season also include: Associate Artist Nancy Carlin as Lady Basildon (Man and Superman); Delia MacDougall (King Lear, Man and Superman) as Mrs. Larchmont; Associate Artist Joan Mankin (Nicholas Nickleby) as Lady Markby; Sarah Nealis (King Lear) as Mabel.
Joining Moscone’s creative team are Annie Smart (Set Designer); Meg Neville (Costume Designer); Scott Zielinski (Lighting Designer); and Jeff Mockus (Sound Designer).
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