The Importance of Being Earnest
by Texas State University

Apr. 09 - Apr. 14, 2019

Playboys Jack and Algernon have fallen for two young women who have vowed to marry no man unless his name is Ernest. In order to pursue the romance, both men create elaborate deceptions, only to be undone by an outlandish revelation from the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by new faculty member Jerry Ruiz.  

 Jerry Ruiz's directing credits include productions at Primary Stages, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Old Globe, Second Stage Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, the Mint Theater Company, and Clubbed Thumb. He has developed work at the Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Playwright's Realm. From 2011 to 2015, he served as curator for the Crossing Borders festival of new plays at Two River Theater in New Jersey. He was a recipient of the 2009–2011 NEA/TCG Career Development for Theatre Directors Grant and a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage, 2007-2009. Member of SDC. 


John “Jack” Worthing - Malik James

Algernon Moncrieff - Will Wilkerson

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax - Maura Gill

Cecily Cardew - Marisa Mendoza

Lady Bracknell - Kaycee Swierc 

Miss Prism -Willa Fossum

Rev. Canon Chasuble - Jacob Burns

Lane/Merriman- William Hoss Abete 



Creative Team:

Director- Jerry Ruiz

Scenic Design- Gary Thornsberry

Lighting Design-Sydney Smith

Costume Design- Monica Pasut

Sound Design- Clayt Aziz

Props Designer- Jillian Whitehead

Production Stage Manager- Holden Fox


Photo: Will Wilkerson, Malik James (photo by Jessica Graham)



The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Texas State University

April 09 - April 14, 2019
Texas State Theatre Department
430 Moon Street
San Marcos, TX, 78666

The Importance of Being Earnest opens Tuesday night, April 9 and runs through Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the Theatre Center Mainstage. Individual tickets start at $13 for adults and $8 for students, and may be purchased by phone at 512-245-6500 or online at


Six Performances: Tuesday, April 9 - April 14, 2019:

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Theatre Center Mainstage, 430 Moon Street, San Marcos, TX

Tickets:             Tuesday – Thursday: $13 adults, $8 students;

                        Friday - Sunday at 2:00 p.m.: $18 adults, $8 students


Parking:  Special Event Parking for all fine arts events occurring is now only available in the Edward Gary Street Garage, 405 N. Edward Gary Street. The garage is located on the corner of University Drive and Edward Gary Street for a flat fee of $5 per event. Please Note: The garage attendant will only be accepting cash. Credit/debit card transactions will not be accepted for special event parking.