Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Posted on Nov 25 by SEASONS Magazine


This holiday season start things off right and attend a spirited performance at the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)  at the New Vic Theatre (33 W. Victoria St.), where ETC debuts their new holiday show, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley on Thursday, November 30.

This hit production follows the Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the distinguished home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Set two years after the end of Jane Austen’s famous novel, 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.

Playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson wrote this imagined sequel and 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,” says Gunderson.

Gunderson is recognized by American Theatre magazine as the most-produced living playwright in the United States of the 2017-2018 season. Melcon is the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Executive for promoting culture,and spent seven years as an artist and administrator at Marin Theater Company.

“This play was a joy to discover,” says ETC’s artistic director Jonathan Fox. “The play sparkles with Jane Austen’s style of wit and I’m pleased that it brings director Andrew Barnicle back to ETC.”

Andrew Barnicle directed the ETC productions of Venus in Fur, Fallen Angels and Chapter Two. Barnicle also served as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse from 1991 through 2010, during which he produced over 100 Playhouse shows and directed over 40 of them.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a gift for Jane Austen fans, but it is sure to delight attendees of all ages. Gather your friends and family and head to ETC for the show of the season! The play runs from November 30 through December 17.

For more information about tickets and showtimes, please visit this website or call 805/965-5400.

—Lohana Richmond


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