Jane Austen’s most popular novel comes to life on stage when PCPA’s production of Pride and Prejudice opens April 14, 2011 in the Marian Theatre and plays through May 8, 2011. The quick paced adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan relishes in the language Jane Austen penned for this romantic comedy.
Mrs. Bennet (Polly Firestone-Walker) is in hot pursuit of husbands for each of her five daughters including Jane (Karin Hendricks) the eldest, and the witty Elizabeth (Megan C.C. Walker) who is taunted and tantalized by the disciplined and dashing aristocrat Mr. Darcy (Quinn Mattfeld). Take a turn in this classic courtship dance and see if “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Also featured are Peter S. Hadres as Mr. Bennet, Andrew Philpot as Sir William Lucas and Mr. Gardiner, Kitty Balay as Lady Lucas and Mrs. Reynolds, Evans Eden Jarnefeldt as Charles Bingley, Michael Jenkinson as Mr. Collins, and Elizabeth Stuart as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Director Roger DeLaurier said PCPA’s production is faithful to the book as it addresses the transformation of human character and the fluid staging reinforces the social nature of Austen’s world. She is as interested in the social milieu, the change in political, domestic, and economic spheres, as she is in the romantic entanglements of her characters.
Recreating the Regency period costumes down to minute detail is Costume Designer Frederick P. Deeben. Scenic Designer DeAnne Kennedy has provided a light and open playing space reminiscent of the manors of the time and which facilitate the rapid scene shifts, Lighting Designer Jen ‘Z’ Zornow will help keep focus on the action while some scenes overlap one another; Sound Designer Elisabeth Rebel is employing the original music by Todd Barton whose composition was used by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Choreographer Michael Jenkinson will be recreating the dances of the Regency period, though he intends to weave some of his personal style into the movement as well. Stage Manager is Aleah Van Woert.
Surprisingly, PCPA’s adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan is among just a handful of attempts to put Austen’s novel on the stage. The earliest appears to be in 1936, which was followed 29 years later by the musical, First Impressions which appeared on Broadway in 1959. An Off-Broadway musical surfaced in 2006 titled I Love You Because, and the most recent, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical was presented in 2008.
Over the years, Jane Austen’s novel, which was published in 1813, has also captured the hearts and minds of film directors going back as far as 1938. Notable subsequent adaptations have included the Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier film in 1940 and the BBC 5-part miniseries with Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth Bennet and David Rintoul as Mr. Darcy in 1980. The 1995 film featured Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, a contemporary telling of the story was released in 2003, and the latest film in 2005 featured Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.
The story also has been embellished and twisted using the storyline just as a jumping off point. Examples include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (2010), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2013), a cartoon series, Little Dogs on the Prairie: Pride, Prejudice and Fudge (2006), A Modern Pride and Prejudice (2011), and the Bollywood adaptation, Bride & Prejudice. Lost in Austen was a convoluted TV miniseries about a modern woman swapping lives with Elizabeth Bennet, and a new film is in the works, Pride and Predator, with the addition of an alien landing at Longbourne.
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Just the facts:
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
April 14 – May 8, 2011
Marian Theatre – Allan Hancock College Campus
800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria, Ca
Santa Maria Times:
Matinees 1:30 p.m. – Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
Evenings 7p.m. Friday and Saturday, also Thursdays April 14 and May 5.
Santa Maria Tickets:
$28.00 – $30.00 for adults
Discounts for children, students, seniors, and preview performances April 14 & 15
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Internet : www.pcpa.org