"Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest" Maybe I should use my laptop; so many notes are on paper and if they would stay there.... they will get lost.

How to use wwwilde pages for Fundamentals of Acting class: act.vtheatre.net Watts-Galatea
Pygmalion 2005
* Shaw * online * Commedia-Shake
^ The Shrew Film Directing "showcase" ^

Monologue Study: 1 101 * 2 comedy * 3 drama *

Wilde and Beckett (Jack + Algernon = Didi + Gogo)


2007 groups.google.com/group/acting2

2008 R/G are Dead



From Century Readings in English Literature:

The term ‘Victorian’ was often used in the first quarter of the twentieth century as an adjective of depreciation to signify anything out of fashion and therefore to be despised. As a matter of fact, the period is characterized by a steady and rapid growth on fundamental questions of politics, economics, natural science, ethics, and religious belief. Its weakest points were prudery as to matters of sex and intolerance of points of view diverging from the established conventions. At the beginning of the period the power of ‘Mrs. Grundy,’ resting upon middle class prejudice, and supported by the all-pervading influence of the squire and the parson, was supreme, and writers like Thackeray groaned over the conventional and sometimes hypocritical restrictions by which their artistic freedom was curtailed; but at the end of the period, with the admission of women to higher education and the learned professions, even more perhaps their use of the bicycle and the tennis racket, conventional restriction had already started on its way to the growing laxity of the twentieth century.

Sorry, folks, we all are victums of the 2001 "dot.com" catastrophe. TheGlobe is gone with many of my pages, including the WWWilde directory...

Well, I am using WWWilde pages for ACTING (ONE) directory and hope that the pages will get back in shape while I am working on the acting webpages.

NB. There must be some smart way to plug-in the show/script pages into the acting directory. The "themes" should be linked to Wilde Page in SCRIPT ANALYSIS directory. Characters pages into acting (monologues) webpages. Scenes? -- pages on objective and super-objective...

How to make sure that I do not repeat myself?

[I'm so tired not knowing the right format for the web, the notes, the process of collecting links, sources -- everything is this endless experiment... and only later you understand what you did wrong!]

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Only now (Fall 2002) I actually come back to rearrange the pages for ACTING directory! Three functions of this directory. Archive. Teaching. Directing (I want to use the experience for the next production)!

Maybe more....


The biggest -- the postmodern applications of The Importance of Being Earnest: homosexuality (Jack-Algernon love story), gender as construction (all identities are invented and created). Self-irony. The "comedy" as a genre is the ironic device for Wilde. "The comedy of errors" and coincidences -- emphasized on purpose.

[ list the scenes for class exerc. ]


Even if do not do webcast anymore, there is this post-production in every show I direct; that's the nature of webbing (after all it's publishing, asks for extra work).

[ connect with other major showcase directories: Hamlet, 3 Sisters, 12th Night, Mikado ]

Next: ps

Let me repeat myself (from Film600 and script.vtheatre.net):

Where teaching and studying (research) meet --

Theme-thought, according to different playwrights (Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov and so on) and directors (Fillini, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Bergman pages).

Connections with other themes (list): family, gender and sex...

Finally, my own practical investigations: shows.vtheatre.net (only recently I began to make themes pages, Don Juan 2003, for example).

And the nonfiction (writing), of course: HIM, Father-Russia, PostAmeriKa, Self, POV, Tech (gatepages are in WRITE directory).

Yeah, yeah, there is more -- "philo" pages, metaphysics: in theatre theory directory, for instance (topics-bar: space, time and etc.)
Plus, Virtual Theatre and Book of Spectator!

Web? Oh, this is just medium. Like stage, screen, writing...

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900):

OSCAR WILDE was born in Dublin in 1854. His early education was received in his native country; after three years at Trinity College, Dublin, he completed his academic course at Oxford. While still at Oxford his reputation as a wit and an "esthete" had begun to spread, and when in 1881 he published his first book, a volume of poems, he was already famous. His first play, "Vera, or the Nihilists," appeared two years afterward. "The Duchess of Padua," a verse tragedy, followed in 1891. In 1884 Wilde married, and devoted his time entirely to writing, editorial work, and lecturing. The important plays -- "Lady Windermere's Fan," "A Woman of No Importance," "An Ideal Husband," and "The Importance of Being Earnest" -- were performed in London during the height of the author's brilliant career, between 1892 and 1895. That career was cut short in 1895 when Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment at hard labor following a trial that roused the entire civilized world. On leaving prison Wilde adopted the name of Sebastian Melmoth and went to France; there and at Naples he dragged out the few remaining years of his life. He died in Paris in 1900.

In his "De Profundis" Wilde said: "I took the drama, the most objective form known to art, and made of it as personal a mode of expression as the lyric or the sonnet; at the same time I widened its range and enriched its characterization."

This article was originally published in Representative One-Act Plays by British and Irish Authors. Ed. Barrett H. Clark. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1921. pp. 3-4. The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy play by Oscar Wilde. It was first performed for the public on February 14, 1895 at the St. James' Theatre in London.

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