Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"
January 29 - February 13, 2010
Blackmail and political corruption come to the Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theatre, in its next production, Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband.” Directed by Kristin Hughes, this 1895 comedy tells the tale of Sir Robert Chiltern, a rising politician with a devoted wife and promising future. His life is enviable until Mrs. Cheveley confronts him with proof of the shocking indiscretion that began his successful career. This is an entertaining satire on politics and society that is sure to delight audiences! Scandal also rocked this play the year it was first performed in London when Oscar Wilde, a homosexual, was arrested for “gross indecency” leading to his name being publicly removed from the play. Even when it was published in 1899, Wilde was not listed as the author. Local JP performers featured in this production include Troy Siegfreid, Joe Arbeely, Mary O’Donnell, Laurie Fisher, Eleza Kort, and Ethan Scott. Completing the talented cast roster are Rishi Basu, Jennifer Bean, Mark Logue, Jonathon Myers, Michael O’Dea, Paul Campbell, Anne Colpitts, Alexandra Corwin, Karen Okland Wepsic, and Shari Caplan. The curtain will rise at Eliot Hall at 7A Eliot St. at Monument Square at on Jan. 29 & 30 and Feb. 5, 6, 12 & 13. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.footlight.org or by calling 524-3200. Offering performances every year since 1877, the Footlight Club strives to present the best in non-professional theater to a broad-based audience, and to preserve and maintain Eliot Hall as a community resource. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.