February 12 - February 14, 2016
COMING UP NEXT
A Valentine for a darker heart. Last year's smash hit show Dark Heart of Poe will be beating again with a sinister, romantic twist this Valentine's Day weekend at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center! Using the works and letters of one of America's first great writers, Edgar Allan Poe, audiences will journey with him through his heart-breaking tale of love and loss. Starring Travis Winterstein as Edgar Allan Poe, J. Paul Zimmerman as The Raven, and Allison Chase Williams as Lenore, lead by award-winning director Andrew James, Dark Heart of Poe features Poe's best known works including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and Annabel Lee about Poe's great lost love. Created by A.D. Hasselbring and produced by It's A New Day and Lit Live, it's a Valentine's Day like you've never seen before and one after Poe's own heart! Tickets for DARK HEART OF POE are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors 60 & above and Military, and $10 for Students and Teachers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the Box Office at (805) 583-7900.
February 27 - April 3, 2016
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolyn. Algy Montcrieff decided to take the name 'Earnest' when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in country and their deceptions are discovered - threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humor, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.