Sunday, May 1, 2011


Ground UP Productions presents

By Oscar Wilde

WHEN: May 20–June 5, Wednesday–Saturday 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM
The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit
TICKETS: Available through or by calling 1-877.849.5327; $20 General Admission, $15 Students, $75 Opening Night Gala, Saturday May 21.

OPENING NIGHT GALA: Saturday, May 21, Ground UP Celebrates 6th Year and Opening of EARNEST… Food, drinks and fun @ 6 PM, Performance @ 8 PM, Post-Show Cast Cocktail until 11:30 PM. All inclusive Tickets $75;

Amelia WhiteTHE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST…This summer, Ground UP escapes the city with Jack & Algernon on a “wilde” romp to enjoy the pleasures the countryside has to offer. Join us as we bring a little bit of Broadway to our second stage at The Summit Playhouse with Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. This classic farce is, in the words of the playwright himself, "A trivial comedy for serious people," certain to delight audiences of all ages.

Broadway veteran Amelia White will lead the cast as the formidable Lady Bracknell. The cast will also include Kate Middleton (Gwendolen Fairfax), Mark Thornton (Algernon Moncreiff), Josh Evans (Jack Worthing), Sarah Berk (Cecily Cardew), Christine Mottram (Miss Prism), Jerry Sipp (Rev. Chausable), Raymond James Hill (Lane) and Phillip Ruvelas (Merriman).

Amelia-White_thumb2Amelia White is thrilled to be with Ground UP Productions again, since appearing in last year’s production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Her Broadway credits include Crazy For You and The Heiress with Philip Bosco and Cherry Jones; and off-Broadway in The Butter and Egg Man at Atlantic Theater Company and The Accrington Pals at Hudson Guild Theatre. She has performed in regional theater across the county such as Weston Playhouse, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage Company, The Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company and is frequent guest artist at South Coast Rep where she played Miss Prism in a 2008 production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Ground UP Productions produced the New York premiere of the smash hit musical THE PEOPLE VS. MONA by Jim Wann and Patricia Miller. The production was hailed as "Good natured, down home fun!" by The New York Times, "Consistently inventive!" by The New York Post, and “A hootin' good time!" by Variety. The company has also produced 3 other new works, including Jason Chimonides’ THE OPTIMIST (“Deliriously entertaining” raves The New Yorker), HOT DAMN HOLIDAY!, by Ground UP and Guy Olivieri, and most recently, LETTER FROM ALGERIA, by Michael Walker. Ground UP prides itself on its acclaimed revivals of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, PROOF, BURN THIS,PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, as well as many, many others. 

Ground UP Productions continues to break ground with “The New Classics,” reviving well-known theater in unique ways and producing new works destined for greatness.

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