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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Original adaptation by James Maxwell

Revised by Alan Stoddard

Sometimes your one true love turns out to be the person you initially disliked

Department of Theatre & Drama

Power Center

December 4 - 7, 2008


Overview

The Story: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” With five daughters of marriageable age, Mr., and especially Mrs., Bennett are thrilled when an eligible bachelor and his friends move into the neighborhood. In the rarified and socially strict atmosphere of Regency England, the lack of dowry and lower social standing may be a detriment to the girls’ success, particularly when the second eldest, Elizabeth, takes an immediate disdain to the most eligible of the bachelors, Mr. Darcy. Will Elizabeth’s independence and pride ruin not only her own chances but also those of her sisters? In a complex world where wealth usually dictates relationships, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy tread down a dangerous road to love unfettered by mercenary motives.

Artistic Significance: Jane Austen’s beloved novel has raptured over 20 million readers and has never been out of print since its debut in 1813. Adapted for stage and film numerous times, this adaptation by James Maxwell for the Gate Theatre in Dublin remains faithful to Austin’s novel with rich characterization and witty repartee. This version has played to great success in the U.S. at the Spoletto Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and most recently at The Cleveland Playhouse. The Dublin Sunday Independent stated “It’s wonderful, enchanting, affectionate and silly…true to the original in line, attitude, balance, respect, and laughter.”

 

Cast

Julia Albain (Cincinnati, OH), Sarah Ashley (Woodland, MN), Emily Cohn (Anchorage, AK), Darren Criss (San Francisco, CA), Corey Dorris (Ypsilanti, MI), Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe (Indianapolis, IN), Gordon Granger (Mamaroneck, NY), Devin Lytle (Atlanta, GA), Lily Rose Marks (Los Angeles, CA), Jessica Ann Maynard (Pasadena, CA), Tedra Millan (Bryn Mawr, PA), Kelli Rasmus (Houston, TX), Anna Robinson (Brooklyn, NY), John Samela (Winsted, CT), Dylan Saunders (Mill Valley, CA),  Mckean Scheu (Lawton, MI), Meredith Stepien (Pinckney, MI), Kaylin Tavolacci (Pound Ridge, NY),
Lee Tyler (Kalamazoo, MI), Torrey Wigfield (Painesville, OH)

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Production

Director Timothy Douglas
Scenic Designer Vince Mountain
Costume Designer Jessica Hahn
Lighting Designer Justin N.Lang
Wig & Makeup Designer Dawn Rivard
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Wig & Makeup Designer Dawn Rivard
Choreographer Robert Hartwell
Stage Manager Mitchell B. Hodges

Production Photos

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Program

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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