Pride & Prejudice

by Kate Hamill
adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
directed by Christopher V. Edwards

August 9 – August 25, 2018

A rollicking, witty, and thoroughly entertaining reinvention of the Jane Austen classic

The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from all sides to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? When she meets the standoffish, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy, they clash initially, but is there something deeper behind their animosity? Literature’s greatest tale of manners, society and love has never felt so theatrical or spirited than it does in this effervescent adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill (Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility).

“The stuff hits are made of...Jane Austen is known for her social insights and occasional satiric impulses. Actress/adapter Kate Hamill has kicked it up a notch in the comedy department, delivering a Pride and Prejudice that is funny and whimsical, but still captures the essence of Austen’s captivating novel.”

- Huffington Post

Pride & Prejudice is presented in collaboration with Actors' Shakespeare Project

Cast

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Krystel Lucas (Jane, Miss De Bourgh) is thrilled to return to the Dorset Theatre Festival. New York credits include: Couriers and Contrabands (Barrow Group Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot). Regional credits include: Our Town (Triad Stage); Twelfth Night, The Book of Will (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); The Christians (Denver Center); Disgraced (Cincinnati Playhouse); Twelfth Night Short Shakespeare (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice (Old Globe Theatre); Good People (Alley Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival); The Sty of the Blind Pig (TheaterWorks Hartford); Death and the King's Horseman, Macbeth (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Summer House (Passage Theatre Company); Postcards from Earth (The Guthrie). TV/Film: Jessica Jones (Netflix); The Blacklist (NBC). BA: UNC-Asheville; MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

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Jessica Frey (Lizzy) is an actress and writer based in New York City. This is her first show with Dorset Theatre Festival. Some favorite credits include, Off-Broadway: Sense & Sensibility* (BEDLAM); Clown Bar* (Pipeline Theatre Company); Powerhouse* (Sinking Ship Productions); The True Story of the Three Little Pigs* (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional: Sense & Sensibility (Marianne, A.R.T / BEDLAM); King Lear (Cordelia); All's Well That Ends Well (Helena, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Other theater: Giant Killer Slugs (Pipeline Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Viola, Esperance Theater Company). Film/TV: “The Characters: John Early” (Netflix); "BASIC WITCH" (a webseries co-created by and starring Jessica). She's also a proud member of Uncle Function, an award-winning sketch group, Pipeline Theatre Co., and Partial Comfort. (*NYT Critics’ Pick) BFA: NYU/Atlantic Acting School. www.jessicafrey.com

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Aishling Pembroke (Lydia, Lady Catherine) is a recent graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, where some credits include Henry V (Henry V), The Great Disappointment (Sister), and The Seagull (Masha). Other theatre: Utopia, MN and Tough (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Incurable: A Fool’s Tale (The Guthrie Theatre); and Playwrights New Works Lab.

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Dave Quay (Mr. Darcy) is grateful to be spending a second summer among the mountains in Dorset! DTF: Baskerville. Off-Broadway: The Low Road (The Public), Heir Apparent (Classic Stage), Donogoo (Mint Theatre). Other NY: New York Fringe, The Flea. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, New Jersey Symphony, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre. TV: Looming Tower, Bull, Gotham, House Of Cards, Blindspot, Royal Pains, Forever, Drop Dead Diva. Film: Catcher Was A Spy, Until Next Time (upcoming). Dave was a clown with Big Apple Circus 2007-2010 and is the 2014 recipient of the Rosemarie Tichler Fund Award. MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

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Ryan Quinn (Mr. Collins, Wickham, Miss Bingley) is thrilled to be making his debut at Dorset Theater Festival. Off-Broadway: Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage); The Killer, King Lear, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra (Theater for a New Audience); Dead Dog Park (59E59); Vanity Fair (Pearl Theater). Selected Regional: Sense and Sensibility (A.R.T); Yellowman (Milwaukee Rep); Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe); The  King Stag (Yale Rep); eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. New York: Binibon (The Kitchen); Frag, The Stranger (Here Arts); Twelfth Night, Youth & Ambition (Esperance Theater Company). TV/Film: The Blacklist Redemption, Person of Interest, Friends From College, The Circuit, OVUM. Ryan serves as artistic director for Esperance Theater Company (esperancetheatercompany.org). MFA: Yale School of Drama.

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Carman Lacivita (Mr. Bingley, Mary) Broadway: Bob/Marvin in Marvin's Room (dir. Anne Kaufman,Roundabout), Valvert in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Kevin Kline. Off-Broadway: Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam), Henry 6th in Rose Rage; Henry the 6th Pts. 1, 2, 3 (dir. Edward Hall, Bayfield & Jeff Awards, Drama League Nomination), The Witch of Edmonton at Red Bull, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, The Public, The Atlantic, The Pearl, Theater For A New Audience, Primary Stages, The Mint, Project Shaw, Drama League, and Ars Nova. Regional: Chicago Shakespeare, Bermuda Arts Festival, George is Dead (with Marlo Thomas, dir. Elaine May) at George St. Playhouse/Arizona Theater Company, Long Wharf, Contemporary American Theater Festival. TV/FILM: Blue Bloods (CBS), Golden Boy (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), The Chica Show (NBC), Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet for The New Book Press (iTunes). MFA: Rutgers University, BFA: Texas Christian University. He is a founding member and Artistic Associate of Amphibian Stage Productions.

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Omar Robinson (Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Bennet) Previous credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Pericles, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet in the title role (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Superior Donuts, Death of a Salesman, SaturdayNight/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Tartuffe (Huntington Theatre Company), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Lost Tempo (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), The Hunchback of Seville (Trinity Repertory Company), Dog Paddle (Bridge Repertory Theater). He is a member of Theatre Espresso, an educational theatre company that performs throughout New England, and a Resident Acting Company member of Actors' Shakespeare Project. He received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College.

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Joan Coombs (Mrs. Bennet) is thrilled to be making her debut at Dorset Theatre Festival. Regional: Tartuffe, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Leap Year (Shakespeare and Company); Emilie: la Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Everywoman (WAM Theatre); Tartuffe (Franklin Stage Company); All My Sons (Hubbard Hall); Don’t Talk to the Actors, Moon Over Buffalo, The Hollow (The Theater Barn); Death of a Salesman, The Last Romance (Curtain Call Theatre); Silent Sky, From Door to Door, Dance of Death, among others (Aglet Theatre Company); New York: The Kiss (Winner, Marjorie Dean Theatre Short Play Festival). Film: Like Lambs. Recordings:  Kingdom of Hamelot. Training: Shakespeare and Company.

Playwright

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Kate Hamill is an actor / playwright. Named Playwright of the Year (2017)—Wall Street Journal. Her plays include SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award (Best Revival); 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include VANITY FAIR (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (originated the role of Lizzy; Best Theatre of 2017—WSJ, Huffington Post), IN THE MINES (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), LITTLE WOMEN, EM (Red Bull New Play finalist), and LITTLE FELLOW (O’Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., the Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, PlayMakers Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production—S&S) and others. Upcoming productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, Jungle Theater, Primary Stages, and more. Kate is currently working on new adaptations of “Little Women,” “Mansfield Park,” and “The Odyssey,” as well as several new original plays—including LOVE POEM and PROSTITUTE PLAY. She was one of 2016’s top 20 most produced playwrights in America; SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was one of the top 10 most produced plays. www.kate-hamill.com

Creative Team

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Christopher V. Edwards (Director) is excited to return to Dorset Theatre Festival.  He is the Artistic Director of Actors' Shakespeare Project in Boston, MA. As a director some of his favorite shows include: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Around the World in 80 Days, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Winter’s Tale, Water by the Spoonful, The Bomb-itty of Errors, How to Break, Venus in Fur, and A Raisin in the Sun.  He has worked as an actor and/or director in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, The National Theatre of Oslo in Norway, The Helix in Ireland, The Fringe in Edinburgh, John Houseman’s The Acting Company, HERE Arts Center, The Helix in Ireland, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Penumbra Theatre, The Flea Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, The Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, SOHO Rep, the Guthrie Theatre and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to name a few.  Chris received an M.F.A. from the U. of MN in association with the Guthrie Theatre.

 

Alexander Woodward (Scenic Designer) Is thrilled to be returning to Dorset for his third season, previous designs for DTF: Baskerville and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Off Broadway: Must, and the world premiere of Goldstein. Recent projects include The Sound Inside (Williamstown), Ugly Lies the Bone (Alliance), A Doll's House and This Verse Business (both at Northern Stage). Additional credits include The Moors at Yale Rep, world premieres of Lucy Thurber's Orpheus... (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and East Coast Curriculum (Lee Strasberg Theater), Sunset Baby (Theaterworks), The Children, Don Juan, Othello (Yale); Ruby Place Nest on the Ground (Signature Theatre), as well as numerous assistant and associate credits in New York and across the country including the Tony-nominated designs for Bullets Over Broadway, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Assembled Parties, Anastasia, and Present Laughter. MFA Yale, USA 829, and Wingspace Member. www.alexanderwoodward.com

Haydee Zelideth (Costume Designer) is a New York City-based costume designer.  Her work has been seen on stage in theater and opera, as well as on screen in film and TV.  She designed a range of shows while in New Haven, Connecticut: Skin of Our Teeth, The Merchant of Venice (Yale School of Drama); the world premiere of Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre); Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Theater of Yale College); and several productions at the Yale Cabaret. In New York she’s recently designed at Women’s Project Pipeline Festival, Corpse Backpack (Pipeline Theatre Company), Uncle Vanya (Jefferson Market Library), and Epic Reads Fashion Challenge (Harper Collins).  She’s received critical acclaim in Austin while working with Austin Shakespeare Company on a number of productions (Pride & Prejudice, Design For Living, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet).

Deb Sullivan (Lighting Designer) is a Boston-based lighting designer and production manager. Off Broadway credits include: The Ruby Sunrise, The Human Scale (The Public Theater/NYSF), OR, (Women’s Theatre Project). LORT: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, City Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and Two River Theatre. Other credits include: Actors’ Shakespeare Project, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Festival Ballet Providence, Everett Dance, New Repertory Theatre (Clean House- Norton Award), Stoneham Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group and Harbor Stage Company. Deb is the Production Manager for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Proud member of USA 829.

Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer) Her designs and original music have been heard at The Public Theater, The Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Denver Center, Two River Theater, Women’s Project, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. www.elishebaittoop.com

Alexandra Beller (Choreographer) Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility (Sheen Center, Judson Gym, Folger Shakespeare Library, American Repertory Theatre); How to transcend a happy marriage by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theatre); The Mad Ones by Kerrigan/Lowdermilk (59E59); Bedlam’s Peter Pan (Duke Theatre). Regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); As You Like It (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Folger Shakespeare Library); The Young Ladies of… by Taylor Mac, Chang(e) by Soomi Kim (HERE); Spring Awakening (Wake Forest).  Current projects include Antonio’s Song at Milwaukee Rep and Sense and Sensibility at Portland Center Stage. Her critically acclaimed international performance career includes 7 years with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and projects with Martha Clarke, John Turturro, and others. She created Alexandra Beller/Dances in 2001 and has created over 40 original Dance Theatre works, both for her own and other companies. BFA, MFA, CMA (Certified Movement Analyst).

Victoria Whooper (Stage Manager) is beyond excited to be here at Dorset Theater Festival. Credits include: Broadway: Eclipsed (Production Assistant). Off-Broadway: Shadowlands (ASM, Fellowship for Performing Arts). Regional: On Golden Pond (PSM), La Cage Aux Folles (PSM, Redhouse Arts Center); Noises Off (PSM), Peter and the Starcatcher (PSM, Connecticut Repertory Theater); Love's Labour's Lost (ASM, Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Macbeth (PSM, Northern Stage); and peerless (PSM, Yale Repertory Theater). Amy and the Orphans, Altogether Reckless, Paradise Lost, Midsummer, Faustus and The Untitled Project (PSM, Yale School of Drama/Yale Cabaret). Victoria holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.


Dates & Times

Thurs. 8/9 7:30 PM (Preview)
Fri. 8/10 7:30 PM (Opening)
Sat. 8/11 7:30 PM
Sun. 8/12 2 PM
Wed. 8/15 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 8/16 7:30 PM (Community Partners Night)
Fri. 8/17 7:30 PM
Sat. 8/18 7:30 PM
Sun. 8/19 2 PM*
Wed. 8/22 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 8/23 7:30 PM
Fri. 8/24 7:30 PM
Sat. 8/25 2 PM & 7:30 PM

*Post-show talk back to follow

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