The Caltech Playreaders

2020-2021: The 70th Season

All of our readings will be held at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

7:30 pm PDT


A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Barbie Insua

Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.
- Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

It is with love and admiration that Playreaders decided to bring to the Caltech community Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance," but the year of COVID placed a great boulder in our path on our way to bringing it, so we've chosen to delay its reading until a time when we can give Mr. Wilde and his words their due. Please stay tuned for news of a new date in the 2021/2022 season of Caltech Playreaders for "A Woman of No Importance."

Gerald Arbuthnot bursts into afternoon tea to announce that Lord Illingworth intends to take him under his wing as secretary. The gently barbed chat turns at once to exclamations of congratulation but also of amazement. For Illingworth is a powerful political figure-as well as a rake-while Gerald is a callow youth, unschooled in the ways of the world. Mrs. Arbuthnot, Gerald's mother, further confounds the assemblage by objecting to the high honor that has befallen her son. Oscar Wilde spins out the plot, filled with intrigues and revelations from the past, with a satisfying final come-uppance for... Ah, but why not come and see for yourself?