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Cast Complete for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Stage Adaptation at Seattle Rep

Cast Complete for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Stage Adaptation at Seattle Rep

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of its highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Kate Hamill's (Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility) playful stage adaptation of arguably the most popular of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice.

Set to run September 29 through October 29, 2017 (opening night October 4), tickets to Pride and Prejudice are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206.443.2222 and online at SeattleRep.org.

Featuring an array of well-known-to-Seattle faces, the complete casting for Pride and Prejudic includes Kjerstine Anderson as Lizzy; Kenajuan Bentley as Mr. Darcy; Cheyenne Casebier as Mrs. Bennet; Emily Chisholm as Jane/Miss de Bourgh; Trick Danneker as Mr. Bingley/Mary; Hana Lass as Lydia/Lady Catherine; Rajeev Varma as Mr. Bennet/Charlotte Lucas; and Brandon O'Neill as Wickham/Miss Bingley/Mr. Collins.

Kate Hamill's madcap adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is full of irreverent surprises, but committed fans to the text will find that the story remains intact, simply told through Hamill's unique, critically acclaimed lens, led by a cast of remarkable talents.

"Pride and Prejudice is a comedy about love, and marriage, and people," director Amanda Dehnert comments. "I believe it's important that we reflect onstage both the communities we make our work in, and the world at large." The cast ofPride and Prejudice features not just talents from New York City, but a collection of local faces as well.

Last seen at Seattle Rep in the highly praised LBJ play series (All The Way and The Great Society) comes Kenajuan Bentley as the famed Mr. Darcy. Bentley has performed all over the country including The Public Theater, Red Bull Theater, OSF, and Shakespeare & Company stages, and has made television appearances on ABC's "Scandal," HBO's "Doll and Em," and CBS' "The Young And The Restless." He will play opposite first-time Seattle Rep performer Kjerstine Anderson as Lizzy. She has been seen at ACT in Assassins and Tribes, spent seven years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and more. Much-loved local actor Cheyenne Casebier joins the cast after last being seen at Seattle Rep in Sherlock Holmes and The American Problem, amongst many other Rep productions. Her regional credits include five seasons at the Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and her television and film credits include "John Adams," "Two and a Half Men," and more. Multi-award-winning local actor and original cast member of Disney's Aladdin Brandon O'Neill joins this cast after performances in A View From The Bridge atSeattle Rep; Guys and Dolls, Rent, and Cinderella at The 5th Avenue Theatre; as Uldren Sov in Bungie's video game franchise Destiny; and more. Hana Lass was most recently seen at SeattleRep in last season's Dry Powder and before that in the wildly popular The Hound of the Baskervilles. She has graced many local stages including ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre, SeattleShakespeare Co., and more. Trick Danneker was last seen at the Rep in The Servant of Two Masters, Speech & Debate, and The Great Gatsby. Emily Chisholm was last seen at the Rep inOutside Mullinger, and has stage credits with The Seagull Project, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and more. Rajeev Varma can currently be seen as Hasmukh in the comedy series "Brown Nation" on Netflix. His television and film credits are vast and include "1000 Apologies," NZ's first primetime, Indo-Asian sketch comedy show, "The Millen Baird Show," "1nite," "The Price of Milk," and more.

The creative team includes Kate Hamill (playwright); Amanda Dehnert (director); John McDermott (scenic design); Tracy Christensen (costume design); Robert J. Aguilar (lighting design); Mark Starritt (sound design); Gin Hammond (dialect consultant); Ellenore Scott (movement consultant).

ABOUT Amanda Dehnert (DIRECTOR): ReceNT Productions include: West Side Story (director), Carnegie Hall; Timon of Athens (adaptor, composer, director), Into the Woods (director, music director/conductor), My Fair Lady (director, music director), Julius Caesar (director, adaptor), for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Eastland: A New Musical (world premiere - director, orchestrator), and Peter Pan - A Play (by Amanda Dehnert, world premiere), for Lookingglass Theatre Company; Richard III (director, adaptor, composer), for The Public Theatre Mobile Shakespeare Unit; The Verona Project (words and music by Amanda Dehnert, world premiere), for California Shakespeare Theatre; Death of a Salesman (director, composer), for Dallas Theatre Center; The Fantasticks (director, music director), for Trinity Rep, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, and South Coast Rep. Amanda is an associate professor of theatre at Northwestern University.

ABOUT KATE HAMMILL (PLAYWRIGHT): Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. As playwright: Sense & Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne - Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016); Nominee, Drama League Award (Best Revival, 2016); 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), In the Mines(Sundance Lab semi-finalist), Em (Red Bull New Play finalist), Little Fellow (O'Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at the Guthrie Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (Helen Hayes Award, best production: Sense and Sensibility), and others. Upcoming productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T., WaterTower, Playmakers Rep, Primary Stages, and more. Kate's Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair are published by DPS.

IF YOU GO:

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Written by Kate Hamill

Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

West Coast Premiere

Directed by Amanda Dehnert

September 29-October 29, 2017
Opening Night: Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Performance times: Tuesday-Sunday
Select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews)

At Seattle Repertory Theatre's Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington

Tickets start at $17 - ON SALE NOW
Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224.
For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443-2222 or toll-free at877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America's premier non-profit resident theatres, SeattleRepertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.


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