To drastically, drastically oversimplify his play—this what happens when an easy pun is chased down to the point where it becomes a complex theatrical statement.
If they all turn out like this, a strong case can be made that we should all chase such simple puns more often.
Listen in as the adaptors/directors of The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway, James Rutherford and Elliot B. Quick, discuss the complexity of Oscar Wilde’s puns, what it really means to be earnest, and how even when things work out just perfectly, there can still be hurt & pain.
“It did actually start from a pun — and then we started working on it, and were really shocked and appalled that it was really fruitful territory, and that these two writers actually have a great deal to say to one another…”
The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway
text by Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway
adapted and directed by James Rutherford in collaboration with Elliot B. Quick
New York, NY
thru September 1st, 2013
dates & tickets available via artful.ly
photos by Nikki Delhomme