Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
SANTA BARBARA’S ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY’
A sequel to Jane Austen’ s “Pride and Prejudice” comes to Santa Barbara for the holiday season
Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) announces their new holiday show, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a creation by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Directed by Andrew Barnicle, this regional-theater hit is a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, and reunites its characters to place the bookish middle sister, Mary Bennet, in the limelight. The production will debut on Thursday, November 30, and will run until December 17, 2017.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley follows the “Pride and Prejudice” characters as they gather at Pemberley, the distinguished home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy in the early 19th century. Character Mary Bennet grows tired of her role as the innocent sister in the face of her siblings’ whirlwind romances. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for romance.
This comedy has charmed critics and audiences nationwide, and was a hit in its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in 2016. The production is a “droll and quite delicious seasonal sequel to ‘Pride and Prejudice’…an unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited work, the kind of thing multiple generations can enjoy together,” wrote Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune.
“When my co-author Margot Melcon and I started Miss Bennet,” said playwright Lauren Gunderson, “we wanted to create a holiday story for everyone that explores the complexities of family and love. It had to be funny, moving, romantic and smart. It had to be something Jane Austen would approve of.”
Gunderson has had more than 20 of her works produced and has been recognized by American
Theatre Magazine as the most-produced living playwright in the United States. Melcon is the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Executive for promoting culture and spent seven years as an artist and administrator at Marin Theater Company. As their Director of New Play Development, Melcon has worked as a dramaturg on six world premieres and has administered the company’s two annual new play prizes.
“This play was a joy to discover,” said ETC’s artistic director Jonathan Fox. “For the first time in several years, we are presenting a holiday play that actually takes place at the holidays! The play sparkles with Jane Austen’s style of wit and I’m pleased that it brings director Andrew Barnicle back to ETC.”
The actors in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley have an extensive background in television, film, theater & Broadway. The production’s cast includes Erin Barnes (Jane), Paul Culos (Arthur), Donnla Hughes (Mary), Samantha Eggers (Anne), Caroline Innerbichler (Lydia), Matthew Koenig (Bingley), Christian Pedersen (Darcy) and Paige Lindsay White (Lizzie).
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’s director, Andrew Barnicle, directed the ETC productions of Venus in Fur, Fallen Angels and Chapter Two, and served as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse from 1991 through 2010. In that time, he produced over 100 Playhouse shows and directed over 40 of them. His recent directing projects at Laguna include Lissa Levin’s “Sex and Education” starring Julia Duffy, Willy Russell’s “Shirley Valentine,” Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” and Ron Hutchinson’s “Moonlight and Magnolias”.
Ticket prices range from $20-$50. 2017-2018 season subscriptions start at $150 for a five-play preview series. Special student subscriptions are available for $90 and subscriptions for theatergoers ages 29 and under are just $150.
This production is generously sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation, in partnership with Montecito Bank and Trust.
For more information, please visit: http://ensembletheatre.com/boxoffice/nowplaying/miss_bennet_christmas_at_pemberley
AUTHOR: Playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson wrote an imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice
33 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 9310
Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Sunday, December 17, 2017
Spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters as they gather at Pemberley. In this imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork, Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as the obedient sister in the face of her siblings’ whirlwind romances. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence.
- Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00pm/7:00pm
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
- Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00pm with Pre-Show Talk at 7:15pm
- Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 4:00pm/8:00pm
- Sunday, December 10,2017 at 2:00pm
- Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 8:00pm with Pre-Show Talk at 7:15pm
- Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 8:00pm with post-performance audience discussion
- Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm/7:00pm
Ticket prices range from $20-$50. Discounts available to seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets for patrons 29 and under are $20.
For more information, please visit www.etcsb.org or call (805) 965-5400
BOX OFFICE LOCATION:
33 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District)
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