Arts on the Grounds

A Wilde Picnic: A Reading of The Importance of Being Earnest

Sunday, August 25, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street

An Arts on the Grounds presentation at the Clark Library

 Chalk Repertory Theatre presents
A Wilde Picnic: A Reading of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

with actors from Chalk Rep’s company

The Clark Library welcomes back Chalk Repertory Theatre, which brought us last summer’s Misalliance event “Tea with Shaw,” and whose production of Lady Windermere’s Fan was presented in 2013–14, for another exciting outdoor reading. This year, Chalk Rep is returning to Oscar Wilde with a presentation of his classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, on the beautiful grounds of the Clark Library.

What is the value of a sincere and purposeful life? In 1895 that question may have had a considerably different set of answers, but for everyone involved in Wilde’s “Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” the stakes are high and hearts are on the line. Mistaken identities and societal hijinks abound in this farcical romp.


This event is outdoors and seating will be provided, but please feel free to bring picnic blankets for lawn seating.

Tickets are $20 and include the reading and refreshments!

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Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable.

Arts on the Grounds creates intersections of literature and the performing arts. The Oscar Wilde collection at the Clark Library is the largest and most significant in the world and includes nearly every edition of every printed book by and about Wilde, as well as a wealth of related material by his contemporaries. For more information about the Clark Library’s holdings, please visit