'The Importance of Being Earnest' on Waterman’s stage

Honors work of Broadway's famous John Wulp
Jul 23, 2019
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest John Wulp

North Haven — Waterman’s Community Center will present Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 1 through 3, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m.

The play was the first production directed by the late John Wulp (1928-2018) on North Haven in 1996.

Wulp arrived there six years after winning a Tony award in 1978 for his Broadway production of "Dracula."

Wulp’s drama program enriched the lives of island residents. Audiences were bewitched by "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," charmed by "The Wind in the Willows" and intrigued by "Waiting for Godot."

In 2002, Wulp and two-time Grammy nominee Cidny Bullens created "Islands: The Musical," setting the poetry of island life to music.

Wulp organized a one-night benefit performance on Broadway shortly after Sept. 11, sharing the message of the power of community. In an interview with PBS Wulp remarked, “Whoever thought that at the age of 70 on a little island off the coast of Maine I would find the company of my dreams?”

“Waterman’s Community Center exists, in large part, thanks to John Wulp,” says Executive Director Christie Hallowell. “John’s early dramatic work on the island planted the seed that drama was something that could flourish on North Haven.”

The 2019 reprisal of "The Importance of Being Earnest" will feature a cast of year-round and summer residents, including original cast member Asa Pingree in a revival role as Jack Worthing. Stage Manager Meredith Perry and Costume Designer Kevin Koski join the production team from The Penobscot Theatre Company. The original production included a playbill designed by Wulp’s collaborator and friend Edward Gorey, which will be once again be used.

Island resident Adam Alexander will direct. He worked with Wulp on productions, including "Red Eye of Love." Alexander has also directed nine of his own productions at Waterman’s Community Center.

Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found at watermans.org.

(Artwork by: David Wilson)
Poster design by Edward Gorey. (Courtesy of: Edward Gorey Charitable Trust)
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