New York Classical Theatre (Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director) kicks off its 20th anniversary season with a gender-flipping production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, with the entire cast swapping roles at every other performance. The production, directed by Stephen Burdman, also marks the debut of NY Classical’s annual indoor performance, extending its season year-round and continuing its all-free performance policy. The production will be presented from March 5-24, 2019 at The Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).
The cast will feature Ademide Akintilo (Shakespeare's Globe's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Kristen Calgaro (NY Classical’s Much Ado About Nothing), Connie Castanzo (NY Classical’s Romeo & Juliet), Jed Peterson (CHEERS: Live On Stage), Kate Goehring (Angels in America National Tour), John Michalski (Martin Luther on Trial), Tina Stafford (Once National Tour), and Clay Storseth (Moscow).
Production designer is Maddie Peterson. Lighting designer is Driscoll Otto.
The production will play Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00 PM. 

Now celebrating its 20th season, the company has served nearly a quarter million people with 41 all-free productions: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (2017, 2008, 2001), The Rivals, The Winter’s Tale (2016, 2004), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016, 2000), Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew (2015, 2002), As You Like It (2014, 2005), The Tempest, The Seagull, A {15-Min!} Christmas Carol (2017, 2013, 2012), Twelfth Night (2012, 2002), Playing Moliere, Henry V, The School for Husbands, The Rover, Much Ado About Nothing (2010, 2003), Richard III, Hamlet, King Lear, Misalliance, Cymbeline, The Recruiting Officer, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Mary Stuart, All’s Well That Ends Well, Scapin, The Feigned Courtesans, The Triumph of Love, and King Ubu.

Contact: Jim Byk | Kelly Guiod