PAUL RAPSEY IN
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING OSCAR
A PLAY IN TWO ACTS

JUNE 22 | JUNE 25 • 2pm
JUNE 23 | JUNE 24 • 7:30pm

The “Importance of Being Oscar” by Irish playwright Micheál MacLiammóir, not to be confused with “The Importance of Being Ernest”, is a play in two Acts about the magnificent but tragic life of Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900). The play, which was written in the late 1950s and first performed in 1960 by Mr. MacLiammóir himself, has been adapted, produced and performed by actor Paul Rapsey of Warkworth. The Importance of Being Oscar will  run for four performances at The Loft Cinema in Cobourg from June 22 to 25, 2017.

The play is in a sense a dramatic lecture – the sort that Oscar Wilde may have delivered himself. The story is sad to say the least, but it is peppered with humour thanks largely to Oscar Wilde himself. The actor, Paul Rapsey, takes on many characters in this hour and half long presentation, which contains snippets of Wilde’s writings. Mr. Rapsey is best known locally for his recent performance of “Bed Among the Lentils”, a monologue by British playwright Alan Bennett which ran last year at The Loft and various venues in Ontario, Nova Scotia and England. Rapsey likes to undertake plays that challenge him in productions that will also challenge an audience. He hopes to ignite an audience’s imagination with a play’s words, rather than relying on pyro-techniques. He is pleased to present this play in a week dedicated to Pride. Mr. Rapsey says we have come a long way since 1967, but it has been a slow process and remains an incomplete one. There are still far too many people who live closeted lives, afraid or ashamed to be who they are. There are far too many gay youth on the streets, shunned by their families, far too many gay youth suicides, tormented by bullies both individuals and systemic. It is not enough to change laws.  One must change people’s awareness, their preconceptions and their misconceptions. Rapsey says he hopes that one day the words of Polonius in Hamlet will resonate: “to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Tickets are $20 + service charge and HST at Vic Hall Box Office 905-372-2210.
Performace at The Loft, 201 Division Street, Cobourg.



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