GEORGE BROWN THEATRE OPENS SEASON WITH OSCAR WILDE MASTERPIECE

TORONTO (October 8, 2013) —George Brown College Theatre School opens its 2013/2014 season of plays with An Ideal Husband  by Oscar Wilde.  As popular today as it was in 1895 when it premiered, An Ideal Husband is a sparkling social comedy about a politician in danger of losing his reputation owing to a youthful indiscretion.  Employing his signature wit and brilliance as a wordsmith, Wilde skewers the hypocrisy of the Victorians who believe, as Wilde says via one of his characters, that morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.  The play stresses the need to be forgiven of past sins, and the irrationality of ruining lives of great value to society because of people's hypocritical reactions to those sins,. Ironically An Ideal Husband was enjoying a successful run (along with Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest) when Wilde was arrested and convicted of gross indecency.

An Ideal Husband is one of Oscar Wilde’s most popular plays, is remounted regularly around the world, and has been filmed five times.  The George Brown Theatre production will be directed by James Simon (Artistic Director, George Brown Theatre).  Other creative artists include: Laura Gardner (set and costume design); Gavin McDonald (lighting design); Debbie Read (stage manager).

WHAT:            An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, directed by James Simon
WHO:              George Brown Theatre
WHERE:          Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tankhouse Lane in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District
WHEN:            November 6-16, 2013.  Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm; matinees at 1:30 pm on Nov. 9, 13 and 16
TICKETS:        Adults $18, Seniors $12, Students $7.  Rush seats available for all performances
BOX OFFICE: 416.866.8666

About George Brown College Theatre School
The Theatre Arts Department at George Brown College is one of Canada’s foremost training grounds for young actors.  The curriculum is a rigorous, conservatory-style approach where all courses are directly related to the acting profession.  The faculty is comprised of working professionals (actors, directors, and teachers) who guide students in achieving their potential as performing artists. 

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For more information please contact: Joyann Callender at 416.415.5000 x3159.

George Brown Theatre opens season with Oscar Wilde masterpiece