As part of the rehearsals, Easter Smith met with the actress playing the role of Mrs. Erlynne.
“Mrs. Erlynne is a challenging role, and Kari Cretella Nickou and I have met over lunch to discuss the complicated character. She must be hard-edged, desperate, vulnerable and ambitious, as well as reveal a love for her child, unaware of this society cast-off’s identity. She is a fallen woman and the foil to Lady Windermere’s gentle, puritanical nature,” Easter Smith said.
In addition to Cretella Nickou, the cast includes Victor Atkins, Alan Huisman, Gloria Papert, Terry Blanchard, Leigh Ardrey, Catherine Colby, Marc Clopton, Marc St. Pierre, Tim Gurczak and Christin Clohosey.
Meanwhile, Clopton is excited for the chance to introduce an audience to Wilde’s works. Also, by performing it as a staged reading, it allows the audience a chance to create their own sets and props in their minds.
“For people who are experiencing a staged reading for the first time, they often say at first it seems odd, but soon they become delighted with how their imagination fills in the details,” he said. “So we are on a mission to expose people to this delightful form of theater.”
IF YOU GO
What: A staged reading of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: The Actors Studio, 50 Water St., the Tannery, Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport
Tickets: $10. To make reservations, call 978-465-1229 or go online to MKTix.com.