Tuesday, August 15, 2017 —
This Christmas, Theatrical Outfit proudly stages the Southeast premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a new holiday play by Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky) and Margo Melcon. Told with modern wit and period style, this effervescent, comedic sequel to one of the most beloved literary romances of all time, Pride and Prejudice, will enchant Jane Austen fans and newcomers alike. Directed by Atlanta actress-director Carolyn Cook, Miss Bennet runs November 30 – December 24 and continues Theatrical Outfit’s 2017- 2018 Season of Character.
ABOUT THE PLAY
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Carolyn Cook
1815. England. This Christmas, cozy up with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters at Pemberley, the grand estate of newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Middle daughter Mary Bennet, bookish and often overshadowed by her sisters, blossoms when a curious visitor proves himself an intellectual match, kindred spirit and possibly more. For the first time, Mary must stand tall and become the heroine of her own story.
"A delicious seasonal sequel to Pride and Prejudice ... A celebration of nerd love in all its overeducated glory."
– The Chicago Tribune
“When my co-author Margot Melcon and I started Miss Bennet, we 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. We are so proud of the play and the incredible reception its premiere received across the country last year. I can’t think of a better community with whom to share this story than my Theatrical Outfit family.”
– Lauren Gunderson, co-playwright
Amelia Fischer – Mary Bennet
Jonathan Horne* – Arthur De Bourgh
Julissa Sabino* – Elizabeth Darcy
Lee Osorio* – Fitzwilliam Darcy
Maria Sager – Jane Bingley
Juan Unzueta – Charles Bingley
Devon Hales – Lydia Wickham
Galen Crawley* – Anne De Bourgh
Carolyn Cook* – Director
Seamus Bourne – Scenic Designer
Alex Riviere – Lighting Designer
Elizabeth Rasmusson – Costume Designer
Rob Brooksher – Sound Designer
Alex Verner – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley* – Stage Manager
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States."
PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS*
Previews: November 30 and December 1, 2017 at 7:30PM
Opening night: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: December 3 – 24 , 2017
Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of Miss Bennet are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51* and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. *Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.
Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS:
Downtown Dialogue — Saturday, December 9, post-matinee
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show. Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.
Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy’s — Friday, December 15, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.
PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS may be downloaded directly from this release or accessed HERE.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Sponsors: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Audience Building Roundtable of The Blank Foundation, Macy’s, MARTA, The Shubert Foundation
ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons and season ticket subscribers. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic cannon and maintain an effective organization. The plan now has the benefit of two leaders, Artistic Director Tom Key and Managing Director Lee Foster (hired in July 2014) who together have achieved Theatrical Outfit’s most successful successive season of ticket sales since the 2005 opening of The Balzer Theater at Herren’s and the most Suzi Bass Award nominations for several seasons ever garnered by Theatrical Outfit.
ABOUT OUR VENUE: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley will be performed at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.
OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.