Based on the Novel by Jane Austen, Stage Adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan
Starring: Brittni Barger as Elizabeth Bennet and Ryan Snyder as Mr. Darcy, with Matt K. Miller and Jamie Jones as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and John Lamb as Mr. Collins
Directed By: Michael Stevenson
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Parental Guidance: Recommended for Junior High and Above
Community Partnership: The American Association of University Women, Sacramento Branch
Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes. The Bennets are the parents of five daughters near the close of the 18th century. Comfortable within their means but well short of rich, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are looking for suitable husbands for their girls, and they are encouraged to learn that an eligible young bachelor from a wealthy family, Charles Bingley, has moved into a nearby estate. Eager to see if a match can be made, the Bennets bring their daughters Elizabeth and Jane to a ball thrown by their new neighbor to see if sparks will fly. Jane seems to like Charles, and he appears to feel the same, but Elizabeth takes an immediate dislike to Darcy, Charles’ egocentric best friend. While Elizabeth is infatuated with military man Lt. Wickham and finds herself courted by William Collins, a well-meaning but drab man of the cloth, fate causes Elizabeth and Darcy to frequently cross paths, and while they don’t care for one another, they can’t stop thinking about each other, either. The play deals with the expectations placed on women in the early 1800’s, especially that they marry to acquire wealth and status, rather than for love. Do the Bennet girls conform or make their own decisions and how are they received by the family and the community?