Act 1 is extending a special offer to the hardworking Faculty and Staff of DeSales University. For the November 30 and December 1 performances of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley we are running a buy one ticket get one ticket free offer for all Faculty and Staff members! To redeem this offer either stop by the box office or give us a call at x1276. This offer is not valid on past purchases.
Act 1 Rings in the Holidays with “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
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Written in 2015 by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is receiving enthusiastic productions around the U.S. and in England, making it one of the top 10 plays being produced in 2018. The play focuses on Mary Bennet, the bookish, middle sister of the Bennet clan who finds an intellectual match when the shy Arthur de Bourgh visits the family at Pemberley for Christmas. “All of the familiar characters are represented” says director John Bell, “from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to Jane and Charles Bingley.”
“What attracted me to the play was its shimmering use of language. The authors have captured Austin’s diction without resorting to stuffy mimicry” says Bell. “Austin fans are wild about this new addition to the canon and anyone who likes a great Christmas love story will leave the theatre searching for a bough of mistletoe under which to steal a kiss from their beloved.”
The world of the grand Pemberley estate is brought to life by resident scenic designer Will Neuert with Regency era costumes by resident costume designer Amy Best. The lighting design is by resident lighting designer Eric T. Haugen with sound design by resident sound designer William Neal adapting a design by Sean Healey. Kate Ingram, head of the M.F.A. Acting program at the University of Central Florida is the guest dialect coach.
The production opens on Wednesday, November 28 and runs through Sunday, December 9. There are matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 at 2PM. Following the Sunday, December 2 performance there will be a “talk back” with the director and cast. Show times for the second week include a weekday matinee on Monday, December 3 at 9:45AM and continuing with performances Wednesday, December 5 to Saturday, December at 8PM and a 2PM matinee on Sunday, December 9. The production takes place in the main stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.