On Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, Texarkana Independent School District will host the American Shakespeare Center "Dangerous Dreams Tour" production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The performance will be held in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre, 3941 Summerhill Road. Doors open and pre-show music begins at 6:30PM with the performance beginning at 7PM. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the Texarkana Independent School District Administrative Office, 4241 Summerhill Road, from 8AM – 4PM Monday through Friday.

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and wicked comic masterpiece defines wit and style. This “trivial comedy for serious people” is at once blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd. One hundred and twenty years after its first performance, The Importance of Being Earnest continues to delight audiences with its playful language, charming characters and biting look at contemporary society.

The American Shakespeare Center brings a unique performance style to the John Thomas Theatre, blending Shakespeare’s stagecraft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions including universal lighting, minimal sets, doubling, cross-gender casting and music. In Shakespeare’s day, the company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light. Leaving the lights on allows for a type of audience contact rarely seen in modern day theatre. Audience members play the roles written for them: Roman plebeians and senators in Julius Caesar, Henry’s army in The Life of King Henry the Fifth, and, spectators in the tangled and hilarious comedy of The Importance of Being Earnest.

The special performance from American Shakespeare Center is funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor from Bancorp South along with the support of the Texas High School Tiger Theatre Company and Tiger Theatre Booster Club.

For more information on tickets and the Texarkana performance. Please call Tina Veal-Gooch at 903-794-3651 ext. 1013 or tisdpr@txkisd.net.