Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Dec. 9, Jane Austen and the Regency Era in Context: Then and Now

Theatrical Outfit presents Downtown Dialogue, Dec. 9, Jane Austen and the Regency Era in Context: Then and Now

Monday, December 4, 2017 — Theatrical Outfit proudly continues its Downtown Dialogues community engagement initiative on December 9th with four Jane Austen scholars. Patrons are invited to join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social, political and global themes in the current show. Downtown Dialogues happen once per production after the first Saturday matinee and are FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance during the run.  

The Outfit's production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (now through Dec. 24), in which beloved characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gather for Christmas, is the Southeastern premiere of the play co-written by Margot Melcon and Atlanta-born Lauren Gunderson, who was recently named "America's most produced playwright of the 2017-2018 season" by American Theatre magazine.

Jane Austen's Regency Era in Context: Then and Now
Saturday, December 9, 5pm-6pm at Theatrical Outfit, immediately following the 2:30pm matinee
FREE to all patrons with a ticket to any performance. 


  • Moderator: Clifton Guterman, Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit 
  • Malinda Snow, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Georgia Stage University
  • Laura Dabundo, PhD, Professor of English, Emerita, Kennesaw State University and Jane Austen Society of North America, Georgia Chapter, member; author ofThe Marriage of Faith: Christianity in William  Wordsworth and Jane Austen
  • Soniah Kamal, essayist and novelist and Jane Austen Society of North America, Georgia Chapter, member; author of Unmarriageable: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan, a novel, forthcoming from Penguin Random House
  • Lindsey Eckert, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Stage University

*subject to change

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 (America's most produced playwright for the 2017-2018 season)

Amelia Fischer – Mary Bennet
Jonathan Horne* – Arthur De Bourgh
Julissa Sabino* – Elizabeth Darcy
Lee Osorio* – Fitzwilliam Darcy
Maria Rodriguez-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."

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 or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email*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.

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.


Community Christmas Carolling — Monday, December 11, 6:30pm
Join Theatrical Outfit staff, patrons, friends, and artists from throughout the city as we gather to spread the joy of the holidays through the streets of downtown Atlanta.  Don your festive hat, bundle up in mittens and a scarf, and meet us at our home in the Balzer Theater at 6:30pm. We will walk through our downtown neighborhood, hitting some planned stops along the way, singing and enjoying the Christmas spirit. We will complete our evening back at the Theatre for cider and cookies.  All ages are encouraged to participate in this free event. Please RSVP so that we may plan accordingly.

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.


Mother-Daughter High Tea — Saturday, December 16, 1:15pm
Join us as we honor the delightful British tradition of High Tea, complete with sandwiches and cakes served before the matinee in our rehearsal hall.  Mothers and daughters - sons and dads are welcome also - will meet cast members and move into the theater for our charming, girl-power sequel to Pride and Prejudice.Click HERE for tickets or call 678.528.1500.

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 OUR VENUEMiss Bennet 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.  

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit!

The Bennet sisters. photo by David Woolf
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development at Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager and Marketing Manager at Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director at Theatrical Outfit