IIM Indore students staged a production of Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest-A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ at the Institute on Friday, March 20, 2015. The event was attended by the IIM-I community.
The play is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major theme is the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.
The cast of the play included Siddharth Tiwari, who played two characters-Lane and Merriman; Avik Gugalia playing Ernest John Worthing; Sanjana Rao Yarram playing Lady Bracknell, Jasmine Kaur playing Gwendolen Fairfax; Ayushi Agrawal playing Miss Prism, Shrunga Hede playing Cecily Cardew; Urvaksh Tavadia playing Dr. Chasuble and Philip George playing Algernon Moncreiff. The play was directed by Professor Shweta Kushal, Faculty, Communications area, IIM Indore.
The play’s two major characters, Jack Worthing, and Algernon Moncrieff both end up pretending to be another character called Earnest. Their respective love interests also fall for the name Earnest and are appalled to discover the truth eventually. There is also a twist related to the birth of Jack Worthing who has been abandoned at the railway station by his caretaker. The multiple comic turns of the play end up in a happy ending where Jack’s aristocratic pedigree comes to his rescue in winning the hand of Gwendolen Fairfax, whose aunt is very particular about his social standing. In the process his friend Algernon also finds true love in the form of Cecily Cardew who is under the care of his friend Jack..