"Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" on stage in NWA today through Dec. 30, 2018
“Droll and quite delicious” holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—November 28, 2018— Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, begins performances today in Northwest Arkansas.
In this contemporary hit inspired by a classic, Mary, the bookish middle child of the Bennets, finally has her day. After being dragged along with her family to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to celebrate Christmas, Mary is surprised to find herself drawn to an unexpected guest—sparking new hopes for independence, adventure, and the chance to be the heroine in her own story. Told with modern wit and period style, this romantic comedy will delight Austen fans and newcomers alike.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, and its widespread critical and popular acclaim have propelled it to become one of the most-produced titles in American this season.
“Everybody likes an underdog story,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford, “and Mary is the ultimate longshot. In Pride and Prejudice, she comes in for merciless criticism from her older and more worldly sisters. So what a gift it is for the holidays to see Mary find her own spotlight—at the center of a story filled with hope, love, and relentless persistence by inspiring women. Miss Bennet is a delightful, subversive, and heartwarming all-family play.”
Performances are scheduled November 28-December 30, and tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org. Critical highlights include:
“Highly entertaining, droll and quite delicious—the kind of thing generations can enjoy together. " — Chicago Tribune
“A perfectly constructed love story… fizzy comedy and sweet spirit.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Miss Bennet is directed by Keira Fromm, a Jeff Award-nominated director based out of Chicago who returns to T2 after directing Disfarmer in the 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival.
The cast of Miss Bennet includes Dana Black, Guadalupe Campos, Greg Geffrard, Katie Gonzalez, Tyler Meredith, Will Mobley, Madison Watkins, and Steven Marzolf.
The creative team for Miss Bennet includes scenic designer William Boles, costume designer Ruby Kemph, lighting designer Weston Wilkerson, composer/sound designer Eric Backus, and choreographer Gail Leftwich.
TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Bob and Becky Alexander, Joel and Lynn Carver, and Carolyn Cole along with show sponsor Roger Collins.
Performances are scheduled November 28-December 30, Tuesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.
Tuesday–Friday: 7:30 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm; 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm; 7:00pm
Appropriate for all ages, recommended for ages 10 and up.
Ticket & Subscription Info
Tickets range from $17-$54 and are available at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.
Through T2’s Lights Up! For Access program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, SNAP benefit recipients can purchase $5 tickets and patrons under the age of 30 can purchase $10 tickets. For more information, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.
Opportunities To Engage
Holiday Celebration Performances: Dec. 25 through Dec. 30
Leading with an evening performance on Christmas Day, we hope you’ll join us for special holiday week of performances featuring complimentary hot chocolate and cookies for our audience before the show.
Jane Austen’s Birthday Celebration
243 years young! You’re invited to join us for a special birthday performance on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm for birthday cake and a celebration of the author’s immortal characters immediately following the show.
TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for more than 45,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold during the past five years. The theatre recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in mid-2019, and launched the $34 million Our Next Stage Campaign to support construction and a sustainable transition. Designs and campaign information are online at ournextstage.org.
Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 13 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 13 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.