Jane Austen’s romantic classic novel Pride and Prejudice is given a hilarious twist in this new adaptation from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill. The outspoken and independent Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?!
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Jane Austen’s romantic classic novel Pride and Prejudice is given a hilarious twist in this new adaptation from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill. This fast-paced, incredibly witty play is not your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this production of Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken and independent Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of manners, society and love has never felt so theatrical or spirited as it does in this effervescent adaptation.
From the playwright:
“…I started thinking of a play structure that builds games into the play. Then I thought how can I make the play like a game itself and that’s where I thought of farce—it has high structure and a lot of nonsense and high emotion. Love is like farce—it’s crazy and it can be quite funny and highly dramatic.”
“Austen is writing a lot about people, especially women, who are really confined by the expectation of their class in a very rigid class system and their gender roles in a really rigid gender role system. I think we are dealing with a time where people are really struggling with that currently. There’s so much economic disparity and so much pressure to conform to gender roles. But now we realize those roles are confining for people and there are a lot of sacrifices you make to fit into those roles. Then when you step outside of those roles, society makes you pay a cost. I’m explicitly a feminist playwright, and I’m interested in gender roles.”
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