Pear Theatre’s 2019-2020 season opener, Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” is slated to close Sunday in Mountain View.
A comedy of virtue and moral inflexibility, Wilde’s classic explores political corruption, public persona versus private virtue and the inevitable disappointments that come with holding others to one’s own rigid ideals.
Sir Robert Chiltern faces potential blackmail from Mrs. Cheveley, who holds a letter proving that years ago, Robert sold Cabinet secrets to gain funds to build his current fortune. Not only would a revelation ruin his political career, it would likely end his marriage to the morally inflexible Lady Chiltern – an enemy of Mrs. Cheveley’s since school days – who believes her husband should be an irreproachable model of virtue and decorum.
Director Jenny Hollingworth, originally from the U.K., moved to the Bay Area in 2004. Along with collaborating with the Pear Theatre, she has worked with Los Altos Stage Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Dragon Theatre Productions, City Lights Theatre Company and Tabard Theatre as director, producer, associate artistic director, writer, acting coach, dialect coach and house manager.
“Husband” features Daniel Zafer-Joyce as Sir Robert, Ellen Dunphy as Lady Chiltern, Kelsey Tresemer as Mrs. Cheveley, Aaron Weisberg as Lord Goring, Cindy Weisberg as Mabel Chiltern, Monica Cappucini as Lady Markby, Tom Farley as Lord Caversham and Kyle Smith as Phipps/Vicomte.
The design and crew team includes stage manager Chrissie Schwanhausser, lighting designer Meghan Souther, props designer Zoe Stanton-Stavitz and costume designer Patricia Tyler.
Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 1110 La Avenida St.
Tickets are $15-$35.
For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.