A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton’s country home. One of the guests, Gerald Arbuthnot, an earnest and upright young man but with limited prospects, is overjoyed when the suave and witty Lord Illingworth offers him employment as his secretary. Shockingly however his mother implores him to refuse this brilliant entrée into sophisticated society to hide a decades old secret…
Wilde skewers gender bias and the outdated rules of Victorian society in this early feminist comedy of manners.
This production will be directed by Polly Edelstein, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.
Polly Rose Edelstein has been living and working in the Philadelphia region for the past five years. She works as a freelance theater director, teaching artist, and administrator and currently resides in West Philadelphia. Polly received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO. She is also a recent graduate of the Masters of Arts in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at Villanova University where she worked as a graduate assistant for two years. Some of her favorite directing projects include Court-Martial at Fort Devens (Steel River Playhouse) Eurydice (Villanova University), Trappings (FringeArts), Stew You and How He Lied to Her Husband (Old Academy Players) and Eden (Crack the Glass Theatre Company). She has been a featured speaker at Villanova’s TEDx event (Theatre Beyond Theater), the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, and the Villanova Showcase. Other organizations Polly has worked with include: Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Steel River Playhouse, Theatre Horizon, the Darlington Arts Center, East Coast Recording, International Ballet Classique, Old Academy Players, The Pub Theater and Crack the Glass Theatre Company.