The Footlight Club is Wilde About ‘Being Earnest’

The Footlight Club's is putting on Oscar Wilde's most well-known play "The Importance of Being Earnest," and you have two more weekends to catch the show. All photos courtesy of Liz Bean for The Footlight Club. The play brought Wilde to the peak of his career, only mere months before his reputation would come crashing down, forcing the show to close out its debut only months after opening. Written in 1894 and first produced in 1895, the play is a farcical comedy set in late Victorian era London, in which the leading characters maintain fictitious personas to escape frustrating social obligations. There are four more shows: June 7, 8, 14 and 15.

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Party, Promenade & Play: A Wilde Affair

Two of Jamaica Plain's iconic historical sites join forces to bring you Party, Promenade & Play: A Wilde Affair! 

To celebrate the Footlight Club's opening night of Oscar Wilde's riotous farce, The Importance of Being Earnest, the Loring Greenough House is hosting an elegant Victorian-inspired garden party on its south lawn. Enjoy prosecco and cucumber sandwiches while you play croquet, then stroll over to the theater to watch your talented neighbors onstage. Costumes are highly encouraged! Purchase your tickets in advance through the Footlight Club website. (Be sure to buy the "Event + Show" ticket!)

Saturday, June 1st
Garden Party: 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Loring Greenough House
The Importance of Being Earnest: Curtain at 8:00pm at the Footlight Club

Footlight Club Portable Painting Party

The event costs $30, which includes instruction, materials, snacks and a great time. Complete a painting of a local landscape (Jamaica Pond) with award winning artist Denise Feeney in about two hours . There will be a cash bar with limited seating, make your reservation today! All at the beloved, beautiful and historic location of The Footlight Club of Jamaica Plain.

Photos: Two More Weekends to Catch The Footlight Club’s ‘Cabaret’

The Footlight Club's current show is the classic musical "Cabaret" and there are two more weekends to catch it. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. "Cabaret" is set in 1931 while the Nazis rise to power. A very popular movie version of the play starred Liza Minnelli. Alexander Boyle stars as a young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, and his relationship with an English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, being played by Perry Albert.

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Q&A: The Footlight Club’s President on Upcoming Shows, Volunteering, Auditions and More

The Footlight Club is the longest running community theater in the entire country and it's home is right here in Jamaica Plain. Footlight's President Kristin MacDougall fielded questions about the club's history, upcoming shows and more. Q: Why is it called The Footlight Club? MacDougall: According to our Club historian, Paul Campbell, the founding members met on January 29, 1877 to vote on a name for their new theater club. It was between Footlight, Jamaica Plain or Jabberwocky (from a Lewis Carroll poem.) Footlight won out, with eight yeas and one nay.

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