Bristol Riverside Theatre to Present Stage Adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, 10/29-11/24
Bristol Riverside Theatre continues its season with Jon Jory's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's beloved novel. Running October 29-November 24, the production, directed by BRT's Artistic Director Keith Baker, features the ensemble cast ofJessica Bedford, Grant Chapman, Rose Fairley, Michael Gamache, Jessica Gruver, Michael Halling, Hannah Kahn, Samantha Kuhl, Mark LeVasseur, Robert Ian Mackenzie, Topher Mikels, Erin Mulgrew, Mary Elizabeth Scallen, and Jo Twiss.
Previews begin Tuesday, October 29 with opening night on Thursday, October 31. Performances run Tuesday through Sunday until November 24. Tickets start at $31, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel. Tickets are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.
This fast-paced and engaging adaptation tells one of the greatest love stories of our time. With four sisters, a neurotic match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult for the independent Elizabeth Bennet to escape the subject of marriage. So, when Elizabeth meets the handsome but proud Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense-but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems.
"BRT joins the worldwide celebration of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice on its 200th anniversary. Filled with romance, laughter and a slew of memorable characters, it's easy to see why Pride & Prejudice has captivated generation after generation," said Jane Austen fan Keith Baker.
Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813 as Jane Austen's second novel. The story deals with issues of manners, education and marriage in the landed gentry of early 19th century England. Pride and Prejudice has been hailed as one of the most loved books, continuing to retain a fascination for modern readers and inspiring many adaptations and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters and themes. To date, the book has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Jon Jory (adaptor) served as Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed over 125 plays and produced over 1,000 works during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics-in-Context Festival. He was also the Artistic Founding Director of Long Wharf Theatre and has been inducted in New York's Theatre Hall of Fame. In addition to Pride and Prejudice, he has adapted Jane Austen's Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion, as well as Anne of Green Gablesand The Gift of the Magi. Pride and Prejudice has also inspired Jory to write Darcy and Elizabeth and Pride and Prejudice: A Romantic Musical.
Keith Baker (director) has directed more than 40 productions for BRT including Gypsy starring Tovah Feldshuh, Chicago (nominated for six Barrymore Awards), The Balkan Women (winner of a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play), The Dresser (nominated for a Barrymore Award for Best Director of a Play) and Dear World (nominated for three Barrymore Awards). As an actor he starred in BRT's 2012-2013 season productions of Deathtrapand Inherit the Wind and also appeared in productions of Barrymore, A Raw Space, Old Wicked Songs, Defiance, Proof, Hamlet, A Little Night Music,Arsenic and Old Lace, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Baker has been nominated eleven times for the prestigious Carbonell Awards, for which he was twice the recipient for Best Actor. Prior to coming to BRT, Baker was Artistic Director for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the Florida Repertory Theatre.